Patrick Watson | 21/02/12

Image: PW photo newsletter

So it might not be quite "your own backyard", but you can enjoy Patrick Watson's adventures in close quarters when he returns to the UK for a springtime tour.

The performances are in support of his brand new and really rather special record Adventures in Your Own Backyard, set for release on the 30th of April. It is safe to say we are absolutely thrilled that he's coming to the UK to perform, and he isn't coming alone. Joining Patrick (piano) in recreating his elegant songs live will be Mishka Stein (bassist), Simon Angell (guitar), and Robbie Kuster (piano). A full list of dates is below.

But what about the record?

Adventures in Your Own Backyard is an attempt by Watson and his band to simplify their sights, and make music a bit more close to home in every sense of the phrase. The album was made at home, almost entirely in Watson's apartment in Montreal, after a grueling five-year run that saw Patrick tour the world in support of two critically-acclaimed and successful albums, including the Polaris award-winning Close To Paradise.

In spite of the relatively spartan settings in which it was recorded, Adventures... is equally as ambitious as Watson's past albums, though permeated with a greater sense of patience and confidence. You can pre-order Adventures In Your Own Backyard here, and whet your appetite by listening to (and downloading) lead single "Into Giants" right here:

Tour Dates

Monday the 30th of April – London, UK - St. Stephen's Church

Tuesday the 1st of May – Brighton, UK - Komedia

Support in London comes from The Barr Brothers.