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F2O LitStyle | Camille Peruto “From The Sea To The Sky” | Album Review

Camille Peruto
“From The Sea To The Sky”
Camille Peruto Music – 2017

Review by Kendall A. Bell

Camille Peruto’s 2013 debut, “Sparrow” was a sweet, wistful affair. A little bit folksy, a little bit pop with shades of Rickie Lee Jones, Shawn Colvin and many other female singer/songwriters laced within the songs. Peruto wrote her first album as a teenager, and you can sometimes tell by the preciousness of some of the lyrics, yet they still held a maturity beyond that of a conventional teen making music, at times heartfelt and poignant. Four years later, after playing countless coffeehouses and small venues in southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, and a stint in Hollywood on American Idol, Peruto returns with a mature and ambitious collection of songs that highlight her growth as a songwriter, a musician and a vocalist. “From The Sea To The Sky” rarely misses a beat, from the opening track, the chugging “Crooked Roads”, straight to the seductive and catchy final song, “Lagoon”. Producer Erik Kase Romero (from the New Jersey band Dollys) envelops Peruto in varying soundscapes throughout the album, occasionally using a few vocal manipulations (like in the refrain of “I’m amazed” on “Lagoon”), but never to the detriment of the songs. Peruto’s lovely voice is uncompromised, and still the focal point. Peruto and Romero mesh their ideas well, and the album keeps a steady pace. Her sound has evolved into more of an indie pop/indie alternative area, but she doesn’t stray too far away from her acoustic roots on songs like “The High Road”. In fact, some of the songs on “From The Sea To The Sky” started as acoustic tracks that slowly transformed into bigger, fully realized songs with a full band behind them. “Can’t Get Away” gains a huge, punchy chorus with the help of some solid musicianship and production. “Silent Melody” bares some teeth with some crunchy guitar riffs, alterna-pop synth effects and a rapid fire vocal delivery within its verses. In the end, it’s Peruto’s keen sense of melody that buoys the album. She pushes herself from being pigeonholed as a cookie cutter folkie, and largely succeeds be keeping her integrity and heart intact in each of the eleven songs on the album. “From The Sea To The Sky” is a terrific sophomore album, both assured and insistent. In the right hands, this album could push Peruto towards the national recognition she rightly deserves.