Beaudette is trying to contain her enthusiasm. "For the last three years, I've been on a mission," says the former philosophy student, kicking her red heels with joy. From the pride glowing from the songwriter's grin, it's clear that the "mission" been a resounding success. After two years in the studio, the smooth and sultry songwriter is finally poised to release her debut record, 'Up, Periscope!' Filled with grace and passion, and loaded with hooks, it's a captivating Norah Jones meets Edie Brickell of a record that is the deserving source of her excitement. Beaudette is the picture of satisfaction. Armed with a digital 8-track, some nerdy toys and a room full of instruments, she wrote, recorded and produced every glorious note of the raw and rapturous demos that would eventually become 'Up, Periscope'. "I wanted to explore recording and producing my music before anyone else came aboard," she says smiling broadly, "and it was the best decision I ever made." Alone with her new toys, the singer found a voice she didn't know she had. And it was a discovery that was to unexpectedly shape the new album. After a year of writing and recording, those exquisite demos were given to a friend, who brought them to influential recording engineer David Channing. "I was lucky," she beams, "That doesn't happen every day." But Beaudette had spent the previous few years developing some recording experience of her own. She bought herself some geeky recording gear, learned how to use it, and embarked upon a deliciously melodic journey. "When I first started recording, I didn't even have a mic[rophone] stand. I used to play guitar with my legs crossed and then stick the mic between my knees." Beaudette eventually upgraded her gear and worked tirelessly to perfect her songwriting and recording skills. The hard work paid off. "When we sat down with the tracks I had recorded, [David Channing] was surprisingly enthusiastic about them," she is still glowing. "He kept a lot of my tracks exactly the way I recorded them, including vocals, and then built more tracks around them. It was like watching a flower burgeoning into bloom." This hybrid combination of old and new recordings gives a refreshing soundtrack to Beaudette's musical journey. The ride between her Seattle and Colorado studios mixed with recordings from Channing's "Good Luck, Studio!" in Los Angeles may partly explain the cross-pollination of genres that is 'Up, Periscope.' The album's dominant personality is smooth acoustic rock with flavors of edgy Americana and quirky Jazz. But it is her voice that captures us. Plain and simple, we can't stop listening to her sing. And yet, there is more to Beaudette than meets the ear. While we are swept away on the floating breeze of her melodic and opiate voice, we can't help but notice what she is saying. The lyrics remind us of eras past; beat poetry from the 1960's, with their catchy internal rhymes and witty social commentary. It is this glorious combination of lyric depth and melodic sophistication that endears us to this young, wise-beyond-her-years crooning gem.
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