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Published: 2008/12/08

Marco: Me Not Me

Marco Benevento has confirmed that his next solo album, Me Not Me, will be released on February 3. As previously reported, the ten-track collection will feature a number of the popular covers Benevento has performed during his sets over the past year, including Golden (My Morning Jacket), Seems So Long Ago Nancy (Leonard Cohen), Twin Killers (Deerhoof), Heartbeats (The Knife), Sing It Again (Beck), Friends (Led Zeppelin) and Run Of The Mill (George Harrison). The album will also include Beneventos own Now They’re Writing Music and Call Home, as well as the Duos Mephisto. ‘Now They’re Writing Music’ was actually first debuted in a rough sketch when the pianist was a guest on The World Cafe With David Dye.

The keyboardist recorded the album with longtime collaborators Reed Mathis, Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. The sessions were then mixed in Brooklyn by engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) and will be released on the keyboardists own label, The Royal Potato Family.
‘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,’ Benevento said in a statement. ‘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. This album has more
layering and textures than the last one. Bryce and I worked closely in developing
that idea as an underlying concept for the music.’
Benevento will support the albums release with a Tuesday residency at Oakland, CAs
at Yoshi’s this February. A number of familiar faces will join the keyboardist throughout the run, including Mathis, Barr, Billy Martin, Skerik, Calvin Weston, Scott Amendola and Leslie Helpert, among others.

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