Off “Adventures in your own Backyard” out this week.
This is the guy that sung “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra, and is still thoroughly underrated and below the radar for the music he puts out.
“Close to Paradise” was won the Polaris music prize in 2007, fighting off Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible” and Feist’s “The Reminder” umong many others. The album’s full of huge swinging rhythms with Watson’s signiature falsetto tremble over the top.
3rd album “Wooden Arms” sees an expansion in rhythm, instrumentation and experimentation, but none of these hinder the overall quality of what is a stunning album. Nominated again for the Polaris but not successful, perhaps the only shortfall of the album is the lack of a standout big single like “Drifters” or “The Great Escape” that both feature on Close to Paradise.
So now we have his 4th. I’m halfway through it right now, so I’ll write it up later. But “Lighthouse” is an amazing piece of music, that I’m already sure of.
If you’re wondering why I havn’t spoken about “Just an Ordinary day”, it’s because I don’t think it’s close to the other 2 for quality. “Mary” is good though.