Benevento Album Out 5/11: Between Needles & Nightfall

MARCO BENEVENTO TO RELEASE BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL MAY 11

Marco Benevento
Back with his third full length studio album in as many years, Brooklyn-based pianist and sound sculptor Marco Benevento delivers Between Needles & Nightfall May 11 via his label Royal Potato Family.

Between Needles & Nightfall was initially conceived at Trout Recording in Brooklyn where engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family) tracked Benevento and his trio, including bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr, over three days.

The material was drawn from fragments of melodies and song ideas that Benevento had been collecting over the last year. To achieve the colors he envisioned for these compositions, Benevento recorded on a baby grand piano bolstered by guitar pick-ups, amplifiers and myriad of pedals and circuit bent toys, while overdubbing Moog, Optigan, Mellotron and Farfisa. He then transferred the tracks to his home studio, taking the next two months to cut, loop and shape the pieces into full-fledged songs. Additional drum parts were added by Matt Chamberlain.

As a last step, Benevento handed off his work to three of his favorite engineers: Mell Dettmer (Sunn O, Eyvind Kang), Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem, Elvis Perkins) and Vid Cousins (Amon Tobin, Kid Koala) for final mixes. The results range from the Day-Glo electro-pop of "It Came From You" to the simply-stated lullaby "Katie's Song" to the shimmering Arcade Fire-meets-Brad Mehldau anthem "Two Of You."

With the release of Between Needles & Nightfall, Marco Benevento continues to define himself as one of the most prolific new voices of his era, blurring genres from song to song, and more often from measure to measure, with his own take on simple pop pleasures, dance party rave-ups and art jazz experimentation. He speaks in modern sonic tongues, all cut-and-pasted, tweaked-out and glitchy, but full of wide-eyed wonder that rejoices in the limitless horizons of sound and melody.

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[Published on: 2/12/10]

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