This summer, hallucinatory keyboard wizard Marco Benevento pulls back the curtain on his hazy home studio with Benevento — 40-minutes of small-batch psychedelia bubbled up from the base of the Catskill Mountains.
Titled as a nod to Paul McCartney’s first solo album, the record is a similarly loose, low-key affair. Like Macca’s eponymous release, Benevento is a solo work, where song sketches and sunrise jams share space with more constructed tracks.
With few exceptions — guest percussion from Mamadouba ‘Mimo’ Camara on a handful of songs, and backing vocal appearances by his wife and kids — Benevento played all of the in-struments. He also produced and engineered the album, all from Fred Short Studios, located at his Woodstock, NY home.
“This record really acts as a psychedelic window into my studio and my brain,” Benevento says.
Recording was conducted amidst stacks of gear in varying states of repair, all fodder for inspi-ration during long quarantine-dictated solo jam sessions.