Patrick Watson's music first gained notoriety via a series of elegant chamber pop records, notably 2009's Polaris Music Prize-nominated Wooden Arms. For his fourth album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard, the Montreal-bred talent and his longtime backing band have scaled back the sonic grandeur, serving up a streamlined version of their sound that rightly shines the spotlight on Watson's Jeff Buckley-reminiscent windpipes. While French horns, piccolos, and clarinets still pop up on occasion to provide some lovely complementary melodic coloring, the bulk of Backyard relies on Watson's voice to hook listeners, a task for which his nimble instrument repeatedly proves up to the task. With Half Moon Run.
Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., 2012
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