Patrick Watson, a crooning singer/songwriter from Montreal, recently opened up to Aol’s Spinner that he “doesn’t think that anyone cares about music videos anymore.” Rather, he believes that videos of unique performance art or clips from on the road will forge better connections with an audience. His latest project, called “Backyard Adventures” embodies this idea.
In April he released Adventures in Your Own Backyard with his band (read our review of it here) to much critical acclaim. The group, consisting of guitarist Simon Angell, percussionist Robbie Kuster and bassist Mishka Stein, is now creating an artfully crafted video series that briefly chronicles the lives of everyday people in various locations, and provides brief, casual performances of songs from the new album.
The first episode begins in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, then takes viewers to Destor, QC on a quaint farm and dives into the life of Conrad Morasse, a good-hearted restaurant owner. The video crops moments and memories of Destor and Rouyn-Noranda into a beautiful portrait of the area and people. It features snippets of delightful moments like Watson playing a short piece of music in Morasse’s home, who then asks him in all seriousness, “Your voice? Is it… natural or…?” in response to Watson’s unique falsetto. The seven-minute episode ends with a small concert in a train yard for the locals. The video gives a unique and charming look at the music, and a very warm welcome to strangers.
Watson writes on his website, “After being far from home, constantly inspired by exotic new places, the novelty begins slowly to wear off and the idea of “home” becomes inspiring and fun.” His next backyard adventure will take place in New York City.