It’s impossible not to hear freedom and excitement coursing through the veins of Marco Benevento’s new studio album, Let It Slide. Produced by Leon Michels (The Arcs, Lee Fields), the record introduces a gritty, soulful edge to Benevento’s brand of high-octane keyboard wizardry—an uptempo, uplifting sound he playfully describes as “hot dance piano rock.” For all Benevento’s virtuosity on the keys though, the songs here are driven primarily by intoxicating grooves, with spare drums and minimalist bass lines underpinning infectious, intentionally lo-fi vocal hooks. The resulting vibe is a timeless one, filtering elements of vintage R&B and soul through modern indie rock and pop sensibilities and peppering it with the kind of adventurous improvisation that Benevento’s come to be celebrated for worldwide.
Nashville-based indie rock artist, Ian Ferguson (formerly of The Kingston Springs), has built a solid buzz within the local underground scene sharing bills with the likes of Moon Taxi, Ron Gallo, The Whigs, The Features, The Weeks, and more. While fronting The Kingston Springs, Ian and his band toured with The Growlers, Alabama Shakes, Keane, Smith Westerns, and FIDLAR