Marco Benevento continues his evolution as a solo artist with his second studio album, Me Not Me. Following 2008’s critically acclaimed Invisible Baby, this latest effort finds Benevento leaping towards the future with the formation of a record label, The Royal Potato Family, while simultaneously exploring the past with interpretations of songs ranging from Leonard Cohen (‘Seems So Long Ago Nancy’), My Morning Jacket (‘Golden’), The Knife (‘Heartbeats’) and Beck (‘Sing It Again’) among others. Benevento also contributes a handful of originals, including ‘Mephisto,’ often part of his repertoire with The Duo. The 31-year old pianist shapes and shifts sound, drawing on a dramatic palette of colors created with distorted pianos, circuit bent toys, Optigan, Farfisa and Casio keyboards. His rhythm section, bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Andrew Barr and Matt Chamberlain, provide nuanced accompaniment throughout. Mixed by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons), Me Not Me strikes a stunning balance between Benevento’s vision for sound, melody and improvisation.
Friday, September 24, 2021