Mutual Benefit (AKA Jordan Lee) has announced the release of his new album Skip a Sinking Stone which will be released on 20th May, his first for Transgressive Records. To mark the announcement he released the following video for Not For Nothing:
The press release for the album offered an insight into what shaped the songs on the album – the shades of light and dark that inevitably befall us as we try to deal with the impermanence and failures we all face in life. The album’s contrasting halves was marked by significant changes in his own life, from collaborating, touring non-stop and finding love to one of stillness and introspection – staying in one place and working on his album full time in New York. A life which presented another kind of unreality: one coloured by growing depression, a downturn in the relationship, and a city in turmoil, the atmosphere heavy with grief and anger in the wake of the Eric Garner verdict.
“I kept coming back to how nice that was, throwing these stones against the water,” says Lee.“ I thought it was a fitting metaphor for the endeavors I have in my life—sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. I think it’s a good exercise in accepting impermanence and failure and these things that are constant, and yet the activity of skipping stones is really relaxing and beautiful.”
Mutual Benefit has confirmed a special one-off UK headline show for 28th April at Bush Hall, London. See dates below.
25 April – Amsterdam, Sugarfactory
26 April – Antwerp, Trix Bar
28 April – London, Bush Hall
29 April – Paris, Le Point Ephemere