Patrick Watson will be releasing his new album on Domino and Secret City in April of this year. Adventures In Your Own Backyard will be released the week of April 30th in the UK and US, and April 16th in his native Canada, continental Europe and Japan.
Adventures... was made at home after a gruelling five-year run that saw Patrick and his band (bassist Mishka Stein, guitarist Simon Angell and drummer Robbie Kuster) tour the world in support of two critically-acclaimed and successful albums, including the Polaris award-winning Close To Paradise. During this time, Patrick also contributed to Ma Fleur, the 2007 album from The Cinematic Orchestra, co-writing and singing on a sizeable portion of the record. In Patrick's own words, Adventures... is an effort on the band's part to "make the kind of music we would want to listen to at home." The album's title is a nod to this sentiment and to the fact that it was recorded almost entirely in Watson's apartment in Montreal, unlike his previous efforts which were sprawling recordings in both geography and arrangements.
In spite of the relatively spartan settings in which to record, Adventures... is equally as ambitious as Watson's previous efforts and a thing of dynamic beauty. The result is an album that is still ripe with the touchstones one has come to expect from Patrick Watson and his collaborators, but permeated with a greater sense of patience and confidence. Adventures In Your Own Backyard is an attempt by Watson and the band to simplify their sights-to make music a bit more close to home in every sense of the phrase.
Adventures... will be preceded by the single and video for the sweeping, elegant "Into Giants," which is available for preview to all at patrickwatson.net. Patrick and his band have already lined up shows before the album's release that will include a headlining appearance at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas in March, a variety of dates across Europe this April, and support dates with Andrew Bird in the US this May, with much more touring to follow throughout the world.
Tracklisting is as follows:
Step Out For A While
The Quiet Crowd
Words In The Fire
The Things You Do
Strange Crooked Road
Adventures In Your Own Backyard