It wouldn’t be a trip to Uncle Lance & Auntie Amy‘s without a browse through their own vinyl collection and on this particular occasion, HRH picked out something pretty cool. the ‘Between the Needles & the Nightfall‘ by Marco Benevento.
Sure it was largely based on the very kid-friendly album cover which is a delight of course but, still, I was thrilled it something modern with which to expose her. Fortunately, Uncle Lance had a duplicate so this then became the newest acquisition into HRH‘s growing own collection.
‘Between The Needles & Nightfall’ was conceived at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY where engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement) tracked Marco Benevento and his trio over three days. To achieve the colors he envisioned, Benevento recorded on a baby grand piano bolstered by guitar pick-ups, amplifiers and a myriad of pedals and circuit bent toys, while overdubbing Moog, Optigan, Mellotron and Farfisa (whatever the fuck that is). 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.
For the final mixes, 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). The results range from the great opener ‘Greenpoint‘ to the day-glo electro-rock of ‘It Came From You‘ to the simply-stated lullaby ‘Ila Frost‘ to the shimmering Arcade Fire-meets-Brad Mehldau anthem ‘Two Of You‘.
But here’s the kicker, while Marco Benevento continues to define himself as one of the most prolific new composers 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…it’s still very jazz-based. And HRH hates jazz, like, really hates jazz. Until now that is.
Oh, I like it to. But then again, I knew I would.