On Thursday, Marco Benevento shared footage of his performance of “Record Book” from his Wednesday livestream presented by NoonChorus.
The stream marked the latest solo venture for the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead keyboardist, who also streamed concerts from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as well as his Woodstock studio in recent weeks.
Taking a track from his 2008 debut record Invisible Boy, Benevento utilizes ambient samples of background noise and murmuring that add some life to the song. Though these noises are also found on the studio record, within the context of the solo stream amidst a pandemic they take on an added meaning. The instrumental “Record Book” finds Benevento switching between the grand piano and synthesizer, before all of the background noises abruptly drop away to emphasize the full potential of the grand.
About halfway through, when the samples drop away and we’re left with just the grand piano, “Record Book” becomes something entirely different. With an emphasis on the melodic, the mid-song breakdown serves to highlight Benevento’s fundamental talent as he no longer hides between samples, synths, or anything more than an ordinary piano. This 7:50 minute odyssey takes listeners through a variety of different landscapes and moods, before Benevento brings it in for a smooth landing. The ultimate coda to the song, however, is after Benevento finishes the tune when he feigns cheering and exclaims “and the crowd goes crazy,” in a Howard Cosell-esque voice.
Watch Marco Benevento perform “Record Book” from his livestream concert on Wednesday.
Marco Benvento – “Record Book”
[Video: Marco Benevento]