Patrick Watson unleashed a new song, “Places You Will Go”, from his upcoming and much-anticipated record Love Songs for Robots. This will be his fifth album, following Adventures in Your Own Backyard (2012). The song is a bit of a departure from what I have come to expect from Watson, with far less piano than his previous work. Thankfully, his signature lush arrangements and beautifully bizarre voice are still there.
Watson says he “wanted to make a science fiction R n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” That might be a convoluted description, but it made sense to me after listening to the song. The record also reportedly deals with the sorts of negative feelings we experience when we’re in a slump. “I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration.” I expect nothing less than a weeping Wall-E sitting at a grand piano.
Patrick and his band will be going on tour and I could not recommend his shows more strongly. His performances are some of the best I have seen – EVER. The record doesn’t come out until May 12, so we’ll have to leave this song on repeat until then.