Multi-keyboardist Marco Benevento has long been a circuit-bending fixture on New York’s experimental-music and improv-rock scenes. He’s been a wild-styling duo partner to drummer Joe Russo and serves as the melodic fulcrum of instrumental Led Zeppelin deconstructors Bustle in Your Hedgerow. His new Swift is presumably titled after extra-textured, medium-fi production wizard Richard Swift (Damien Jurado, Foxygen), and on it, Benevento comes out swinging as a vocalizing party-starter alongside his excellent rhythm section of Dave Dreiwitz (bass) and Andy Borger (drums) — with a lyrical assist from Aaron “Dean Ween” Freeman. He extrudes sinister balladry and hustlin’ disco beats out of a — geek alert! — vintage RC1 Casio drum machine plugged into a Casiotone 8000 keyboard. Old sounds reinvented are his bread and butter.
Tue., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 10, 2014