Rough Trade's Albums of the Month - October
Ohio-born, New York based Jordan Lee is the multi-instrumentalist and producer who records as Mutual Benefit.
This is his ninth album, and features Jake Falby, Mike Clifford, Dillon Zahner, Yohuna’s Johanne Swanson, Told Slant’s Felix Walworth and Wilder Maker’s Gabriel Birnbaum. Lilting pop songs with understated but captivating style. Slide guitar, train-a-coming harmonica, violin and a touch of sax augments super-mellow caressing songs with low-key gentle harmonies. A slightly wistful country tinge, an air of regret and a folk tint all add subtle layers. Like the pale light of sunshine after rain, the lull after the storm.
Mutual Benefit, the songwriting outlet for multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Lee releases a new album Thunder Follows The Light via Transgressive Records. Following his last outing, 2016’s acclaimed Skip A Sinking Stone, Lee marks his return with a patient and prismatic collection of songs accrued over the past two years. Lee — who grew up in Ohio and is currently based in New York — has crafted pop experiments for almost a decade, blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. His new album features an array of friends and many returning collaborators. New History is the album’s truest folk song, with twangy harmonica and slide guitar. Its inspiration came to him while spending time in the economically depressed area of Ohio where his parents grew up. Storm Cellar Heart, is an ode to taking shelter and the fraught impulse to hide from the loudness of the outside world. It’s more of a long question than an answer: “Is it storms that help make the heart grow?”
CD - Digipack.
LP - Limited Blue Vinyl with Download.
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