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When Jordan Lee's gentle vocals take shape in the fog of a baroque pop group tuning up and finding its footing, a sweet crescendo makes a pillowy landing. It's immediately clear: you’re in good hands with Mutual Benefit. There will be no cowbells, industrial collisions, pouty punkettes, or sterile, neon-colored synths. There will be acoustic guitars that sparkle, tiptoeing percussion, swaying strings, and vocals that wrap you in a cocoon of comfort and warmth: this is the music that would accompany a lone sailor on a twinkling sea of light in a Hollywood fantasy. No sharks here—just an adventurous spirit. The listener is swept away in “Golden Wake,” a tune that both lulls and delicately fist-pumps its chorus (“We weren’t meant to be afraid!”), all the while barely noticing a metronomic hiss weaving in and out of the piano and violin threads. “Advanced Falconry” billows softly, with strings and a muffled bit of banjo, while that maligned instrument shines more brightly (and with more pluck!) on the airy, pastoral “Strong Swimmer.” Jordan’s view is of the half-full variety, and this stunning debut makes the world feel right.

Customer Reviews


This is the best music I've heard in a long time. Reminds me of everything good ever to happen in my life.


Definitely, most certainly recommend this album. I'm moved to tears and simultaneously fulfilled by its beauty. It is such a special and rare experience to find an album that you know you will listen to for a lifetime, and that remarkable feeling is intensified by Mutual Benefit's uniqueness, heart, and liberty. Love, M.

Beauty isn't hard to find

There hasn't been any music in 2013 that has put a grin on my face quite like the very end of Let's Play/ Statue of a Man when the band bursts out laughing. That moment sums up the essence of the album perfectly. It's an incredibly playful album. It's the kind of music that's the soundtrack to those home videos of you running around in your parents backyard with your siblings when you were 5 years old back in 1998. It takes you back to a time of innocence. A time before there were bills to pay, before crushed dreams, and before heartbreak. The philosophy behind the album is pretty simple. Love. Not exactly in a romantic sense like most music out there, but love in general. It's about putting positive energy out into the universe. Which is exactly what we need in 2013.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

The project of singer/multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lee, Mutual Benefit blends folk, psychedelic pop, and experimental recording techniques into fragile, hopeful songs that evoke the work of Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective, and the Microphones. Lee grew up in Columbus, Ohio and began writing songs inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith while still in high school. After graduation, Lee moved to Texas and took his music in a more experimental direction, incorporating field recordings and found sounds...
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Love's Crushing Diamond, Mutual Benefit
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