Today Patrick Watson is thrilled to share “Ode to Vivian (Rework)” a brand-new version of the song that first appeared on his album “Better in the Shade”.
“Ode to Vivian” has been a fan favorite for creating content on Tik Tok and Instagram since its release last April. The song is inspired by one of Patrick’s heroes, the late American street photographer Vivian Maier. “She manages to catch just wonderful, unbelievable little moments that in the end are much louder than the big ones.” – Patrick Watson.
STREAM “ODE TO VIVIAN (REWORK)” HERE
The critically acclaimed album Better in the Shade is out everywhere now via Secret City Records.Better in the Shade has been embraced by NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, Exclaim!, Under the Radar, NewSounds, Cool Hunting, Brooklyn Vegan, Clash Magazine, and Northern Transmissions, among others.
Watson has also recently announced the release of his first sheet music “Patrick Watson – Songbook Volume 1” available for preorder now and set to be out November 11. To accompany this release, the singer-songwriter has been releasing piano tutorial to fans online to help them learn his songs. “Listening to music is great, but I can tell you playing it is better – so I encourage everybody to enjoy themselves and play the songs they love!”, tells us Patrick.
PRE-ORDER ‘SONGBOOK VOLUME 1’ SHEET MUSIC HERE
STREAM ‘BETTER IN THE SHADE’ HERE
Patrick Watson is currently on tour in the US and will soon fly to Paris to play at the Philharmonic with the renowned choreographer Yoann Bourgeois early November. More dates will be announced soon, the full list of tour dates is available below.
Patrick Watson composes, performs, and records his albums with his long-time bandmate and collaborator Mishka Stein. The recipients of Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, in addition to multiple JUNOand Polaris nominations, Watson and his band have toured on all continents, on occasion playing with full orchestras to bring their rich music to life. Their most recent tour saw the band playing some of their largest venues to date, including the Barbican (London), L’Olympia (Paris), Coliseu (Lisbon), El Plaza Condesa (Mexico City), and more. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson has composed several scores for both film and television, including a trailer for The Walking Dead and Wim Wenders’ 3D film Everything Will Be Fine.
This new recording appears after a prolific last couple of years – despite the worldwide pandemic – where Patrick released multiple songs (“A Mermaid in Lisbon”, “Que reste-t’il de nos amours”, “Lost with You”) following-up his previous award-winning album, Wave, released in 2019. More recently, Patrick played in London, UK at the Barbican with the BBC Orchestra.
PATRICK WATSON RELEASES: “ODE TO VIVIAN REWORK”
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Praise for “Better in the Shade”
“Patrick Watson is an outstanding storyteller” – NPR Music “All Songs Considered” (USA)
“A thing of rare beauty – intimate, evocative and absorbing. This is music to seep into your soul. ★★★★” The Sun (UK)
“Patrick Watson’s striking, creatively ingenious record, with exquisite vocals and instrumentals, comprises an impressive accomplishment.” ★★★★ – The Upcoming London (UK)
“Better in the Shade feels more intimate musically […] the music sounds more restrained […]This stems in part from the sharper focus on electronics, but also from the subtle and jazz-tinged drumming of Andrew Barr of The Barr Brothers, which works perfectly on a delicate number like “Blue.” – Exclaim!
“richly evocative music to which you can readily attach your own personal movie. Producing music which can trigger that visual response so readily is no small feat. ” – Wall of Sound
“The album engages by disengaging from the world we know, using parts we tend to rely on as stepping stones to a deeper understanding. Everything you know is wrong on Patrick Watson’s Better in the Shade, which is what makes it so perfectly right.” – Folk Radio UK
“This vaporous and delicate [album] invites us to contemplate the small details of life and to draw a maximum of substance from them.” – PANM360
8.5/10 – Maximum Volume
★★★★ – Buzz Magazine UK
★★★★ – La Presse (CA)