Patrick Watson at Midpoint Music Festival
9/26 – Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, 12:15 – 1:15am
The video for Patrick Watson’s “Love Songs for Robots” is premiering today at Interview Magazine. The song is the title track off Watson’s newest album Love Songs for Robots (out now via Domino Records). Of the video, directed by Academy Award-nominated Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowsk, Interview Magazine praises, “the music video is more like an artistic short film that should be watched until the very end.” Watch the video here.
Lavis and Szczerbowsk describe the film as “our attempt to create the sort of film Martians might make for humans, if those Martians had only observed us from afar.” The piece is inspired by the sculpture and ballet of the avant-garde artist Oskar Schlemmer, with choreography and dance by Mistaya Hemingway (La La La Human Steps).
Watson is currently touring worldwide. He returns stateside in September to play through December, concluding with dates in New York City (at Irving Plaza) and Philadelphia (Under Ground Arts).
In addition, Watson recently shared a live video for “Hearts,” recorded at a secret album release show in Montreal. Watch it HERE.
The music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains, “I wanted to make a science fiction R n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own submission, “a bad year” did more personal themes begin to creep in. “I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.” Watch the official video for “Places You Will Go”here and see below for track listing.
Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his full band of almost a decade, which includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass). The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson and his band have performed to over 100,000 people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as with full orchestras in Amsterdam and Montreal. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson himself has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for “The Walking Dead” and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film “Everything Will Be Fine”, where he performed the songs “Cynical World” (an original for the film) and “Lighthouse.”
Love Songs For Robots is available on iTunes. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be along with the CD on the Domino Mart.
LOVES SONGS FOR ROBOTS TRACKLIST
1. Love Songs for Robots
2. Good Morning Mr. Wolf
6. In Circles
7. Turn Into The Noise
8. Alone In This World
9. Know That You Know
10. Places You Will Go
PATRICK WATSON LIVE
September 24 /// Nashville, TN /// Exit/In
September 25 /// Urbana, IL /// Pygmalion Festival#
September 26 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Mid Point Music Festival
September 28 /// Chicago, IL /// Lincoln Hall
September 29 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Varsity Theatre
September 30 /// Winnipeg, MB /// Garrick Centre
October 2 /// Edmonton, AB /// The Starlite
October 5 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore Ballroom
October 6 /// Errington, AB /// Errington War Memorial Hall
October 8 /// Seattle, WA /// The Crocodile
October 9 /// Portland, OR /// Doug Fir
October 11 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
October 13 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Teragram Ballroom
November 14 /// Hamburg, DE /// Knust
November 15 /// Cologne, DE /// Luxor
November 16 /// Berlin, DE /// Heimathafen
November 22 /// Lyon, FR /// Epicerie Moderne
November 23 /// Strasbourg, FR /// La Laiterie
November 26 /// Paris, FR /// Casino de Paris
December 11 /// New York City, NY /// Irving Plaza
December 12 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Underground Arts