Tuesday, June 2, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: PATRICK WATSON - LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS
The secret weapon after Watson's many skills is Moncton-raised guitar player Joe Grass. Handling all the acoustic, electric, atmospheric and pedal steel parts, his non-traditional approach leads to many other-worldly moments. The whole band works wonderfully as a team on the lovely arrangements. The Bowie echoes in Grace are reminiscent of The Man Who Sold The World era, while Hearts moves from a gentle acoustic number to a dark, rainy boogie, pedal steel and synth accenting deep drums as Watson exhorts a pair of hurt lovers to "Scream, scream louder, so loud 'till you can't hear each other." It's all beautiful, which is what makes us different from robots, I'm thinking.