Working under the moniker New Beau, Patrick Beaulieu-Hardin is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and composer. Involved with music since the young age of six, New Beau pulls inspirations from a wide variety of genres such as folk, rock, solo piano, pop, and electronica. With a broad range of genres to influence his sound, his music is eclectic and accessible for listeners from all walks of life.
“Everything” appeals on a whole new level for its melodic swagger and the hypnotic, soothing nature of the chord progression. Meanwhile, the lead vocals provide a similar thread of recognizable simplicity, and still, the soundscape seems to evolve and change throughout “Everything”. Even with these notably entrancing, ongoing elements that hold you captive. The track has a distinctive pulse about it, a few carefully crafted layers help give it that comforting, memorable glow. Patrick’s indie vocal during the verses is where the song moves from good to great. It’s a satisfying and enjoyable piece of music and performance, one that you may feel as if you’ve known for years, but one that’s also somehow undeniably original. Easy listening instrumentation blasts through the speakers layered with addicting acoustic arrangments and soulful lyricism. New Beau has created an eclectic motif and we can’t wait to see what this up and coming artist curates for his fans next!
Check out “Everything” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Hey there New Beau! Welcome to BuzzMusic! We’re really happy to be featuring your song “Everything”. It’s very catchy, but also incorporates an integral message within. Can you explain to our readers the truth that is embedded within the track?
Oh, great question - this track took me a long time to write, and the message changed as I wrote it. It started as a fairly straightforward breakup song - “How will I fill this space that we left for each other?” I struggled with the second verse, trying to find a resolution, and I realized that the resolution I was looking for had nothing to do with other people. I ended up writing about my own journey - “How will I choose my path?” I had been wavering back and forth in my personal life about how to pursue music, and whether I would even end up in the music industry at all. The song ends unresolved, “Will you tell me everything’s gonna be alright?” and the piano part at the end doesn’t resolve either, sort of musically mimicking my indecision. I have a couple of tracks in the works that answer these questions. Stay tuned!
You’ve known that music is your passion since you were young, but what inspired you to be so involved with music from such a young age?
My mom put me into piano lessons at age six, and I took to it immediately. One of my earliest memories is of listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A” in the car. I picked up guitar at age twelve because I thought being a keyboardist in a band sounded lame, even though I continued studying piano. I played in high school band and sang in choir. When I showed up to college I thought I was going to be an English major, but changed majors within the first two weeks because it was immediately obvious how much more I enjoyed the music courses. After school I gigged and played in a number of bands, and eventually came to the conclusion that I needed to start my own project.
There are many-layered and intricate elements to “Everything”, can you tell us about the creation process for this song?
This song is a sort of Frankenstein’s monster of musical ideas. I wrote the guitar line in the verse years ago after obsessively listening to Radiohead’s “In Rainbows.” The piano riff in the bridge, which is also the bass line and guitar part in the chorus, came from a piece I wrote for an ex called “Tout Va S’arranger” which means “Everything Is Going to Be Alright” which I flipped around lyrically in the song after the breakup. The fuzzy sound that sounds like a synth in the bridge is actually my voice! I heavily distorted it as a fun way to make new noises.
How do you personally feel about live performance? Would you say that you prefer the live performance aspect of music more over the writing/recording process?
I love live performances! I haven’t actually played many shows yet for this project, but I toured around the west coast a bit with some of my old bands and always thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely get a big rush off the energy of an engaged crowd. The writing process is the closest to my heart though. It’s like therapy for me, to get all my feelings and thoughts arranged into lyrics and melodies. I love composing piano music, and am creating some arrangements of my own new songs right now, to be released alongside the rock versions of the songs, hopefully to be released next year.
It was great having you here on BuzzMusic! Tell us more about what's next for you after this song release? Any shows in the near future?
Thank you so much! I’m playing out at open mics right now, and am in the process of booking some larger shows. I’ll keep you updated! In the meantime, I’m finishing up tracking for four more singles, which will all eventually get compiled into an EP. I also have written a good portion of a full-length album, which will ideally come out later next year. A couple of those tracks will be released as “double singles” with the full band version and the piano arrangement side by side.
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