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Marco Benevento - Me Not Me



Marco Benevento Me Not Me
Marco Benevento - Me Not Me
(CD) Royal Potato Family, 2009-02-03

Marco Benevento returns with Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others. The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento's critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined on the sessions by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr. The band recorded at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. Engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) mixed the sessions in Brooklyn. Of further note, Benevento takes a giant step into the 21st century with the formation of his own label, The Royal Potato Family (distributed by MRI/Red), for the worldwide release of Me Not Me.

Marco Benevento Me Not Me
Marco Benevento - Me_Not_Me
(CD) Royal Potato Family, 2009-02-03

Tracklisting :
01. Golden (My Morning Jacket cover)
02. Now They're Writing Music
03. Seems So Long Ago Nancy (Leonard Cohen cover)
04. Mephisto
05. Twin Killers (Deerhoof cover)
06. Call Home
07. Heartbeats (The Knife cover)
08. Sing it Again (Beck cover)
09. Friends (Led Zeppelin cover)
10. Run of the Mill (George Harrison cover)

MARCO BENEVENTO on Piano, Keyboards & Circuit Bent Toys
REED MATHIS (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) on Bass
ANDREW BARR (The Slip) & MATT CHAMBERLAIN on Drums

Links :
marcobenevento.com
myspace.com/invisiblebaby
beneventorussoduo.com
myspace.com/beneventorussoduocom
marcobenevento.com
facebook.com/pages/Marco-Benevento/55403628828
royalpotatofamily.com
myspace.com/theroyalpotatofamily
facebook.com/TheRoyalPotatoFamily
twitter.com/royalpotato
soundcloud.com/the-royal-potato-family

Press Release :
Marco Benevento returns with Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others. The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento's critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined on the sessions by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr. The band recorded at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. Engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) mixed the sessions in Brooklyn. Of further note, Benevento takes a giant step into the 21st century with the formation of his own label, The Royal Potato Family (distributed by MRI/Red), for the worldwide release of Me Not Me.

"When I first started touring with the trio, in addition to my own material, there was a great opportunity for me to perform tunes from other artists that I'd always wanted to play, both a combination of older rock songs and modern tunes that are part of our current culture," explains Benevento. "So the next step was to make a record with some of this material. I decided to leave the harmony of the songs pretty close to the originals, but really get into messing with the arrangements. I got into sculpting sound around the original piano parts by using some of my favorite keyboards and re-amping them in interesting ways."

Marco Benevento initially garnered national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, but he shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves himself one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument by running it through pickups, delay and distortion pedals and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.

He shapes and shifts the aural depth of the recording by adding layers of Ace Tone drum machines, Farfisa, Optigan, Mellotron, tack piano and other unconventional keyboards, while using circuit bent toys to further develop the emotional character of the songs. In Leonard Cohen's "Seems So Long Ago Nancy," one can see and hear the warm glow of analog color. With a sharp ear for dynamic contrast, direct acoustic piano readings of George Harrison's "Run Of The Mill" and Beck's "Sing It Again" set themselves apart through the pure sound of hammer hitting string.

"From a recording standpoint, we experimented with a lot of new ideas this time around. I actually surprised myself with some of the things we tried. I put cardboard on the piano strings and created a 'banjo' effect on 'Now They're Writing Music.' For 'Golden,' I ran my 1890 pump organ into an old tube pre-amp. I used lots of Optigan drums on 'Heartbeats.' This album has more layering of different musical textures than the last one. Bryce and I worked closely in developing that approach as an underlying concept for the record."

However, amid all the mind-bending sonic imagination, the core of Me Not Me is the collective energy of Marco Benevento's trio. Reed Mathis, Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr provide a take off point for searing post-jazz improvisations. A rendition of Deerhoof's "Twin Killers" surges with group-mind electricity, resulting in some of Benevento's most frenetic piano work on the album. "Heartbeats," originally performed by The Knife, is born again as an instrumental electro-clash jam. The enchanted lyricism of My Morning Jacket's "Golden" floats above a hypnotic pulse, allowing the performance to patiently reveal itself in parts both pastoral and vast. The classic acoustic guitar intro to Led Zeppelin's "Friends" is riffed out on acoustic piano, but it's the trio's unrelenting finesse that redefines the song in a new light.

The three original Marco Benevento compositions included on Me Not Me underscore his natural inclination for simple pop melody, multihued sound and playful composition. "Now They're Writing Music" was first debuted in a rough sketch when the pianist was a guest on "The World Cafe With David Dye." Benevento claims the "toys" themselves wrote the song. The instantly familiar "Mephisto," often performed by The Benevento-Russo Duo in a much different context, is the closest the album comes to a straight-ahead jazz performance, hinting at 1970's Keith Jarrett. On the other hand, "Call Home" seems to summon the spirit of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Newsletter Info :
The new Marco Benevento long-player, Me Not Me, hits record stores, iTunes, Amazon and the like on February 3. Reassembling the same kinetic trio configurations who appeared on Invisible Baby, Marco is again accompanied by Reed Mathis, Andrew Barr and Matt Chamberlain. They recorded in Seattle during days off on their '08 West Coast run. The original tracks were then brought back to Brooklyn where Marco spent months adding parts, looping, arranging and tweaking in his home studio--thus the warm, dense, analog cushion of sonic texture and color. From there it went to engineer Bryce Goggin and Trout Recording (or as Marco affectionately refers to it, "the house of closure"). Marco and Bryce spent another month chasing the aural madness to whatever corners it led them before ultimately settling on what would become the final album that will soon be in your ears!
For those who want to pick up a copy now, the PRE-ORDER is open. The first 100 orders before the Feb. 3 street date will receive a bonus disc, Live Yes Live, with eight tracks recorded at MB trio shows over the last two years, including Marco's line-ups with Reed Mathis and Jon Fishman, Reed Mathis and Andrew Barr, Reed Mathis and Matt Chamberlain and Marc Friedman and Josh Raymer. You can pre-order here.

Tour Dates :
Marco will call Northern California home in February with a month long residency at Yoshi's Oakland--appearing every Tuesday night with different special guests, including Skerik, Billy Martin, Joe Russo, Jeff Parker and many more. These shows should be nothing short of magical. Yoshi's is offering a discounted ticket package for anyone buying all four nights here.

Plus there are additional West Coast dates and a few East Coast shows, including a Brooklyn throw down at the beautiful new Gowanus/Park Slope room, The Bell House on Saturday, March 7.

The upcoming shows are...
February 2 / Don Quixote's International Music Hall / Felton, CA (w/ Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr)
February 3 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA (ME NOT ME Album Release Party w/ Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr) - 8PM Advance Tix / 10PM Advance Tix
February 5 / The Triple Door / Seattle, WA (w/ Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr) - Advance Tix
February 6 / Axe & Fiddle / Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr)
February 7 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR (w/ Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr)
February 10 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA (w/ Skerik, Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston & special guests Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) 8PM Advance Tix / 10PM Advance Tix
February 11 / Largo / Los Angeles, CA (w/ Skerik, Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston)
February 17 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA (w/ Jeff Parker, Devin Hoff & Scott Amendola) 8PM Advance Tix / 10PM Advance Tix
February 24 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA (Quartet the Killer, performing the music of Neil Young w/ Joe Russo, Peter Apfelbaum & Josh Roseman) 8PM Advance Tix / 10PM Advance Tix
March 6 / The Deerhead Inn / Delaware Water Gap, PA (w/ Marc Friedman & Andrew Barr)
March 7 / The Bell House / Brooklyn, NY (w/ Marc Friedman & Andrew Barr)

Other Good Stuff...
Benevento, Mathis and Fishman performing "You Must Be A Lion" at FlynnSpace in Burlington from State Of Mind Magazine...
-> watch it

Marco Benevento picked by the Los Angeles Times as a "2009 Artist To Watch"
-> read it

Photos of The Duo & Surprise Me Mr. Davis at BB Kings on New Year's Eve from Jambase
-> see photos
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