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Patrick Watson

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A singer/songwriter, film composer, and pianist based in Montreal, Canada, Patrick Watson makes explorative chamber pop with his band -- also called Patrick Watson -- often blending spare indie pop, synthesizer experiments, cinematic orchestral song, and a melancholy tone. The group's second album, 2006's Close to Paradise, won the Polaris Prize. After composing music for several short films, Watson made his feature-length debut with It's Not Me, I Swear! in 2008. Released in 2015, Love Songs for Robots became his band's fourth straight album to reach Canada's Top Ten, and he found success again in 2019 with the arrival of his sixth long-player, Wave. After Watson went viral with the decade-old single "Je Te Laisserai des Mots" to the tune of hundreds of millions of streams, he released 2022's Better in the Shade, which drew on literary inspirations.

Though he was born in California, Patrick Watson was raised outside of Montreal in Hudson, Quebec. After singing in local church choirs as a boy, he sang and played keyboards in the ska band Gangster Politics while in high school. They released an eponymous LP via Stomp Records in 1998. After graduating, he left the band and began to explore other types of music, including electronica and ambient, and went on to study jazz and classical piano performance, composition, and arranging at Vanier College in Montreal. In 2001, he released the album Waterproof9, which consisted of experimental music accompaniment to a photo book by Brigitte Henry titled Waterproof. In 2002, he decided to start a four-piece chamber pop group, bringing in bassist Mishka Stein, drummer Robbie Kuster (both of whom he had met at university), and former Gangster Politics guitarist Simon Angell. The group, which was technically still a solo project with a backing band, released Just Another Ordinary Day and began performing around Canada. They were booked at the 2005 Pop Montreal Festival, a show that led to the formation of Secret City Records, the label that issued Watson's sophomore album, Close to Paradise (which featured the same band), in 2006. Also charting in France and the Netherlands, it reached number four on Canada's album chart, and was awarded the Polaris Prize in 2007.

Around that time, Watson began scoring short films, including 2006's Gravity Boy and 2007's Neuf. He scored his first features, It's Not Me, I Swear! and Hidden Diary in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Patrick Watson's third full-length album, Wooden Arms, also arrived in 2009 and made the shortlist for that year's Polaris Music Prize. It peaked at number six in Canada. The pared-down Adventures in Your Own Backyard followed in 2012 and climbed to number two on the album chart, and the ambient-leaning Love Songs for Robots reached number three upon its release in 2015. The latter featured prior collaborator Joe Grass on guitar in place of Angell.

In the meantime, Watson continued to compose music for shorts, documentaries, and theatrical features. His score for the 2016 thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax saw release by Varèse Sarabande that September. In 2017, he returned with the stand-alone single "Broken," which found its way onto several TV series, including Grey's Anatomy and The Good Doctor. He also contributed to Tower of Songs, a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen in Montreal that also included Elvis Costello, Philip Glass, and Lana Del Rey, among others. In mid-2018, he issued another single, "Melody Noir," before following up with the French song "Mélancholie" featuring Quebecois singer Safia Nolin. It was issued by Secret City Records in conjunction with the start of a European tour. A year later, Watson issued his sixth full-length, the inward-looking Wave.

In the early 2020s, Patrick Watson's elegant 2010 chamber ballad "Je Te Laisserai des Mots" went viral on social media, driving hundreds of millions of streams. In the meantime, he prepared a studio album with a focus on lyrics inspired by works of writers like Virginia Woolf, Denis Johnson, and Samanta Schweblin. The resulting Better in the Shade arrived on Secret City in 2022. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi

Total plays

2.2 billion
Updated on 2024-07-22

Country

Canada

Monthly listeners

10,893,995

Followers

744,067

Top Cities

  1. Turkey
    124,830 listeners
  2. Canada
    101,077 listeners
  3. France
    116,567 listeners
  4. Brazil
    113,470 listeners
  5. Mexico
    94,874 listeners

Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
Je te laisserai des mots
Je te laisserai des mots
873,264,196 2:41 2010-09-10
To Build A Home
To Build A Home
622,702,135 6:11 2007-05-07
That Home
That Home
118,248,634 1:43 2007-05-09
Lost With You
Lost With You
49,829,361 2:56 2020-10-30
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
47,060,038 3:07 2006-09-26
Ode to Vivian - Rework
Ode to Vivian - Rework
46,168,583 1:37 2022-10-25
Ode to Vivian
Ode to Vivian
42,075,176 1:30 2022-04-22
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
35,165,625 4:46 2012-01-01
Sit Down Beside Me
Sit Down Beside Me
31,785,692 4:32 2010-05-25
Melody Noir
Melody Noir
30,045,787 3:14 2018-07-10
Love Songs For Robots
Love Songs For Robots
23,861,123 3:38 2015-05-11
Big Bird In A Small Cage
Big Bird In A Small Cage
15,207,534 4:04 2009-04-28
Mélancolie
Mélancolie
13,410,407 2:42 2018-11-20
Dream for Dreaming
Dream for Dreaming
12,302,561 3:40 2019-09-05
Broken
Broken
12,297,684 4:37 2017-11-16
Here Comes The River
Here Comes The River
7,531,660 4:14 2019-10-18
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
6,638,632 4:51 2012-01-01
A Mermaid in Lisbon
A Mermaid in Lisbon
6,587,499 3:29 2021-06-17
Words In The Fire
Words In The Fire
6,097,637 3:54 2012-01-01
Turn Into The Noise - From "The Walking Dead"
Turn Into The Noise - From "The Walking Dead"
5,941,883 6:43 2015-01-20
Slip Into Your Skin
Slip Into Your Skin
5,748,443 3:38 2006-09-26
Step Out For A While
Step Out For A While
4,642,663 4:04 2012-01-01
Good Morning Mr. Wolf
Good Morning Mr. Wolf
4,539,382 5:56 2015-05-11
Music Box
Music Box
3,922,934 5:04 2007-05-09
The Red Dress
The Red Dress
3,873,096 1:14 2016-01-01
Hearts
Hearts
3,867,951 4:53 2015-05-11
Noisy Sunday
Noisy Sunday
3,786,252 4:02 2012-01-01
Close to Paradise
Close to Paradise
3,696,039 5:02 2006-09-26
Better in the Shade
Better in the Shade
3,682,254 3:37 2022-04-22
Places You Will Go
Places You Will Go
3,613,676 5:04 2015-05-11
Man Like You
Man Like You
3,492,460 4:12 2009-04-28
Blackwind
Blackwind
3,434,516 3:54 2012-01-01
Into Giants
Into Giants
3,281,445 4:29 2012-01-01
In to You
In to You
3,265,245 3:03 2007-05-09
Drifters
Drifters
3,249,645 4:27 2006-09-26
Know That You Know
Know That You Know
3,014,737 7:18 2015-05-11
Dancing with Ghosts
Dancing with Ghosts
2,943,585 4:59 2023-06-23
Strange Rain
Strange Rain
2,816,462 2:59 2019-10-18
Bollywood
Bollywood
2,766,772 6:19 2015-05-11
Look At You
Look At You
2,715,115 3:12 2019-10-18
Louis Drax
Louis Drax
2,697,475 3:09 2016-01-01
Wooden Arms
Wooden Arms
2,694,975 3:08 2009-04-28
Height of the Feeling
Height of the Feeling
2,593,132 3:59 2022-03-29
In Circles
In Circles
2,552,403 2:16 2015-05-11
The Wave
The Wave
2,363,333 4:17 2019-10-18
Luscious Life
Luscious Life
2,303,178 3:09 2006-09-26
La La La La La
La La La La La
2,202,929 1:52 2022-04-22
Quiet Crowd
Quiet Crowd
2,178,929 3:57 2012-01-01
Drive
Drive
2,004,267 3:27 2019-10-18
Helicopter
Helicopter
1,927,442 1:31 2016-01-01
Fireweed
Fireweed
1,898,755 3:36 2009-04-28
Little Moments
Little Moments
1,824,923 2:47 2022-04-22
Se tu soubesses
Se tu soubesses
1,775,072 0:51 2021-06-17
Alone In This World
Alone In This World
1,727,008 2:43 2015-05-11
Morning Sheets
Morning Sheets
1,721,425 3:24 2012-01-01
Clouds
Clouds
1,677,765 2:08 2016-01-01
Can't Stop Staring At The Sun
Can't Stop Staring At The Sun
1,480,795 3:47 2021-06-17
Les Alizés
Les Alizés
1,458,812 3:32 2023-10-06
Turn Out The Lights
Turn Out The Lights
1,401,570 4:14 2019-10-18
The Things We Do
The Things We Do
1,399,834 4:44 2012-04-16
Shame
Shame
1,362,708 7:28 2003-01-01
The Storm
The Storm
1,339,004 3:12 2006-09-26
Blue
Blue
1,337,515 3:52 2022-04-22
Man Under The Sea
Man Under The Sea
1,327,334 4:47 2016-01-01
Giver
Giver
1,306,420 3:27 2006-09-26
Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are
1,290,750 3:53 2009-04-28
Grace
Grace
1,282,474 4:43 2015-05-11
Dead For Two Hours
Dead For Two Hours
1,276,612 2:43 2016-01-01
The Things You Do
The Things You Do
1,264,110 3:59 2012-01-01
Wild Flower
Wild Flower
1,239,338 3:40 2019-10-18
Tracy's Waters
Tracy's Waters
1,220,028 3:48 2009-04-28
Swimming Pools
Swimming Pools
1,205,542 2:54 2012-01-01
Beijing
Beijing
1,140,412 4:07 2009-04-28
Strange Crooked Road
Strange Crooked Road
1,113,281 3:43 2012-01-01
Bright Shiny Lights
Bright Shiny Lights
1,063,070 2:34 2006-09-26
Hommage
Hommage
995,340 2:04 2009-04-28
Stay
Stay
917,544 4:08 2022-04-22
Daydreamer
Daydreamer
892,066 4:34 2006-09-26
To Build A Home
To Build A Home
888,294 7:46 2008-04-22
Mary
Mary
848,236 3:59 2003-01-01
Traveling Salesman
Traveling Salesman
812,316 3:42 2009-04-28
Just Another Ordinary Day
Just Another Ordinary Day
762,046 2:48 2003-01-01
Perfect Day - Piano Komorebi Version
Perfect Day - Piano Komorebi Version
745,072 4:49 2024-02-21
Man Under the Sea
Man Under the Sea
716,419 3:30 2006-09-26
Mr. Tom
Mr. Tom
686,015 2:48 2006-09-26
Brigitte's Theme
Brigitte's Theme
634,451 4:41 2003-01-01
Underwater To Cave
Underwater To Cave
608,019 1:43 2016-01-01
Weight of the World
Weight of the World
571,308 4:40 2006-09-26
Down At The Beach
Down At The Beach
553,636 5:18 2009-04-28
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
548,277 5:34 2006-09-26
Machinery Of The Heavens
Machinery Of The Heavens
509,024 7:26 2009-04-28
Woods
Woods
471,040 5:16 2003-01-01
Sunday
Sunday
423,807 3:29 2003-01-01
Forbidden Kiss
Forbidden Kiss
397,518 1:06 2016-01-01
The Darkest Place
The Darkest Place
385,120 2:01 2016-01-01
Resurrection
Resurrection
376,073 0:46 2016-01-01
The Bridge
The Bridge
359,486 1:06 2016-01-01
A Hamster's Death
A Hamster's Death
328,985 0:40 2016-01-01
Hypnosis
Hypnosis
325,930 3:10 2016-01-01
Nine Lives
Nine Lives
321,606 3:16 2016-01-01
Creature In The Hallways
Creature In The Hallways
305,784 1:01 2016-01-01
Before I Met Your Father
Before I Met Your Father
302,133 3:21 2016-01-01
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax
285,363 1:26 2016-01-01
Snow Day For Lhasa
Snow Day For Lhasa
268,706 5:15 2011-06-07
Silent City
Silent City
220,488 6:56 2003-01-01
Fall
Fall
209,255 5:15 2003-01-01
Gealman
Gealman
185,478 5:35 2003-01-01
Je Te Laisserai Des Mots
Je Te Laisserai Des Mots
138,363 5:40 2022-02-25
Vessels (feat. Patrick Watson)
Vessels (feat. Patrick Watson)
120,938 4:43 2020-02-21
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
79,409 2:32 2008-04-29
Interference From The Sky
Interference From The Sky
41,725 3:09 2016-09-23
Gordon
Gordon
32,427 3:29 2016-09-23
And No One That You Know Would Believe It
And No One That You Know Would Believe It
27,977 3:09 2024-07-12
Shame
Shame
18,536 5:36 2000-01-01
Pass That Shit (feat. FL!GHT)
Pass That Shit (feat. FL!GHT)
8,581 2:56 2014-09-29
Je te laisserai des mots
Je te laisserai des mots
5,688 2:44 2023-08-11
Sunday in Kyoto
Sunday in Kyoto
3,538 3:21 2009-10-27
Little Miss Adèle
Little Miss Adèle
< 1000 1:21 2009-10-27
Yoshi and His Boat
Yoshi and His Boat
< 1000 0:43 2009-10-27

New releases

Perfect Day (Piano Komorebi Version)
Perfect Day (Piano Komorebi Version)
2024-02-21
[Secret City Records]
Je te laisserai des mots
Je te laisserai des mots
2023-08-11
[Reemeeze Production]
Ode to Vivian (Rework)
Ode to Vivian (Rework)
2022-10-25
[Secret City Records]
Better in the Shade
Better in the Shade
2022-04-22
[Secret City Records]
Height of the Feeling
Height of the Feeling
2022-03-29
[Secret City Records]
Je Te Laisserai Des Mots
Je Te Laisserai Des Mots
2022-02-25
[Blue J Music]
A Mermaid in Lisbon
A Mermaid in Lisbon
2021-06-17
[Secret City Records]
Lost With You
Lost With You
2020-10-30
[Secret City Records]
Wave
Wave
2019-10-18
[Domino Recording Co]
Dream for Dreaming
Dream for Dreaming
2019-09-05
[Domino Recording Co]
Mélancolie
Mélancolie
2018-11-20
[Domino Recording Co]
Melody Noir
Melody Noir
2018-07-10
[Domino Recording Co]
Broken
Broken
2017-11-16
[Domino Recording Co]
The 9th LIfe Of Louis Drax (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The 9th LIfe Of Louis Drax (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2016-01-01
[Varese Sarabande]
Love Songs For Robots
Love Songs For Robots
2015-05-11
[Domino Recording Co]
Turn Into The Noise (From "The Walking Dead")
Turn Into The Noise (From "The Walking Dead")
2015-01-20
[The Walking Dead 5]
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
2012-05-01
[Domino Recording Co]
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
2012-04-16
[Domino Recording Co]
Adventures in Your Own Backyard
Adventures in Your Own Backyard
2012-01-01
[Domino Recording Company]
Je te laisserai des mots
Je te laisserai des mots
2010-09-10
[Secret City Records]
Sit Down Beside Me
Sit Down Beside Me
2010-05-25
[Secret City Records]
Wooden Arms
Wooden Arms
2009-04-28
[Secret City Records]
Close to Paradise
Close to Paradise
2006-09-26
[Secret City Records]
Just Another Ordinary Day
Just Another Ordinary Day
2003-01-01
[Secret City Records]