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Mutual Benefit’s Skip a Sinking Stone, a gorgeous collection of orchestral folk, focuses on the carefully plotted tours of a newly successful band and frontman Jordan Lee’s adopted home of New York. rdan Lee had quietly released six albums prior to 2013, so Mutual Benefit didn’t exactly come out of nowhere three years ago. But Love’s Crushing Diamond sounded like it did, Mutual Benefit remains in 2016: Lee’s still a wandering spirit surrounding himself with an orchestra of friends, recording in “forests, attics and hotel rooms”

“Getting Gone” is from Mutual Benefit’s ‘Skip a Sinking Stone’ out now on Mom+Pop / Transgressive Records.

Mutual Benefit — Skip A Sinking Stone

Mutual Benefit’s Skip A Sinking Stone is an album in two parts. Side A is a travel diary of sorts, a series of meditations about life on the road, while Side B finds Mutual Benefit’s Jordan Lee living a more-or-less settled life in Brooklyn. In many ways, this is a coming-of-age story, a series of spindly folk songs that enmesh the pastoral freedom of a vagabondish lifestyle with the harsh realities of urban living. Skip A Sinking Stone picks up where 2013’s excellent debut album Love’s Crushing Diamond left off — seeking stability in the uncertain, finding faith in the little things in life that keep you grounded.

Given the horrific events of the last few months–or, hell, all of human history, but particularly now because we have video footage of many of the recent atrocities–plenty of people are feeling a bit alienated from their environments right now. I wouldn’t call Skip A Sinking Stone a cure for that, but it’s the soundtrack I turn to when I must remind myself that gentleness exists somewhere in the world. It exists, at least, in Lee’s landscape poetry and wide-eyed devotion. It also exists, at least, in Mutual Benefit’s shimmering and revolving folk orchestra. That won’t fix the world, but listening might bolster your heart enough that you can face the brokenness again, and continue working to end it. Music as medicine, just a tender philosophy to ascribe to.


It’s been too long since Jordan Lee, who performs as Mutual Benefit, has released an album; his last one came out in 2013. This month sees the release of Skip a Sinking Stone, his great new LP, which is out via Mom + Pop Records this week.Mutual Benefit has revealed the video for the stunning single ‘Lost Dreamers’, the second song taken from his upcoming album ‘Skip A Sinking Stone’.  Influenced by themes of surrealism from Chris Van Allsburg’s Being There, Rene Magritte’s Spirited Away and Beth Hoeckel’s The Insider, the video is a glimpse into a fantastical vision of tranquility where elements of New York City and its residents are disconnected from their bustling environment and placed into a serene natural space.

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Three years on from the release of their critically acclaimed debut, Mutual Benefit have returned with a stellar album which mixes a healthy dose of realism into their lush and dreamy style of folk.

Skip A Sinking Stone pushes Mutual Benefit into more mature and less pretentious territory. Musically, the album is still very similar to Love’s Crushing Diamond – the opening track, “Madrugada”, bears a passing resemblance to “Strong River”, the first song from their debut.

If the hustle and bustle of the big wide world is well and truly getting on your wick cop a load of this slice of laid back chamber pop tinged loveliness from Mutual Benefit (AKA Jordan Lee and an ever changing collective of his buddies). It’s taken from brand new album Skip A Sinking Stone out on reliably excellent Transgressive Records on May 20th and there’s an all too rare UK show at Bush Hall, London on April 28th.

Placed at the end of the first side, and before the nocturnal side, “Not For Nothing” plants a resolute flagpole in the middle of the album. It’s the most hopeful interpretation of the album’s core premise, that no matter how far you happen to skip a stone, it will always sink. In “Not for Nothing”, Lee sees the flight of the stone as the most important aspect of the image – it’s the journey which matters, not the destination.