Cinematic Details

Patrick Watson is no one-man, chamber-rock band

By Doug Rule
Published on June 28, 2012, 3:12am | Comments

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It's certainly a beautiful voice however you think of it, whether in a high or low register. And the band's new Adventures In Your Own Backyard offers awe-inspiring, cinematic tunes, intended to help listeners appreciate the here-and-now details of their lives. ''Started as lovers, don't know where it's gonna end,'' Watson and a choir sing in his falsetto on the grand ''Into Giants,'' as the music focuses on the beauty of love, not the anxiety about the future. Watson is the principal lyricist and melodist, but the four collaborate on the music.

Watson expects the band's next album will incorporate multimedia, such as ''integrated video with music – not music videos necessarily, [but] almost documentary-esque studio music.''

Certainly it will still reflect the singer's eclectic tastes, including his classical training, early film work, folk influences such as Pete Seeger and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and experimental rockers Radiohead, Bjork and Grizzly Bear.

''I like to take little pieces of puzzles from all different styles of music and mix them,'' he says.

Patrick Watson performs Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., at Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-265-0930 or visit

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