Patrick Watson: “Into Giants”

While we brace ourselves for the arrival of Andrew Bird’s new album and tour, let’s get acquainted with his equally talented tourmate, who’s sure to be earning plenty of praise this year: Patrick Watson, a Montreal-based singer-songwriter that’s been on our radar for a few years, will return this spring with an excellent new LP — if the lead single, “Into Giants,” is any indication. Titled Adventures In Your Own Backyard, the 12-track set arrives on April 12, just after a trip to the SXSW festival in Austin, TX and just in time for a string of east coast tour dates with Bird.

“Into Giants,” our first taste from the record, accomplishes a feat we are unable to not love: combining an intimate feel with memorable pop sensibilities before a triumphant, horn-adorned outro takes hold. Many have attempted this type of arrangement with varying degrees of results, but Watson simply makes it look easy here.

We can’t wait to hear more, but in the meantime, set 4.5 minutes aside and give this fine tune a spin below: