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Patrick Watson: Melody Noir

The Polaris-winning singer/songwriter makes a welcome return with this new track. It showcases his distinctively ethereal voice vividly, while the accompanying dance-themed video is a visual delight.

Patrick Watson: Melody Noir

By Kerry Doole

Patrick Watson - "Melody Noir" (Secret City): The Montreal-based Polaris-winning singer/songwriter hasn't released an album since Love Songs for Robots over three years ago, so this brand new track and video is a welcome arrival.


It doesn't disappoint. Watson's distinctively ethereal voice is showcased vividly here, alongside such romantic lyrics as "You are the sweetest melody I have ever sung."

The gently moody track is perfectly complemented by the impressionistic black and white dance-themed video. For the clip (filmed in Montreal), Watson and co-director Brigitte Poupart drew inspiration from the film I Am Cuba. "I wanted to make a sensual but surreal dance video, where the main character slowly gets eaten by a void, embodied by the other dancers," he explains. "The dancers are a wonderful Colombian dance troupe who bring a mix of classical and modern elements to the piece."

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In a press release, he notes that "this song was inspired by an incredible singer from Venezuela, Simon Diaz. I was so inspired by his music I had to write a tune. It's a love song dedicated to the hole inside of you."

Patrick Watson has two Canadian summer dates, at Le Festif! in Baie St-Paul, QC, on July 19 and Le Grand Theatre in Sudbury on Aug. 18. An eight-city European tour is set for December, followed by more Canadian shows in January. Check his schedule here

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