This was premiered a few weeks ago via The New Yorker. Just catching up…
Since 2009, Jordan Lee has been writing and performing with a rotating cast of colleagues as Mutual Benefit. His 2013 album, “Love’s Crushing Diamond,” is suspended—above the earth and between moods. Bells and flutes and strings blend with basic rock instruments; vocal arrangements pulse and flow, and the result shimmies beyond the fence of the familiar. Love seems to have crushed Lee and been his diamond both, depending on where you land. It works best if you start at the beginning and let him guide you to the end. You’ll be fine.
Frances Capell, of Yours Truly, produced the video above, and sent a note about the shoot:
We shot “Strong Swimmer” on a Sunday night in Bed-Stuy, at the apartment where Cory (who sings with Jordan in the video) and Marc (bass) live. The room where we filmed is currently a makeshift bedroom for Jordan; he put away his mattress to make space for the band to play that night. Their place was really inviting, with lots of quirky decorations and art, including Cory’s (she designed Mutual Benefit’s album cover). Even though you can tell this song is pretty heavy for Jordan, he had everyone giggling between takes.
Anonymous asked: So I may or may not have found a song by you guys called "troubled" and I think it's unreleased and I feel kinda bad for having it but like where does it come from?
Yes it is still unreleased, but don’t feel bad for having it! We sent a demo version around to some folks a little while back, so that’s probably what you have. We are hoping to put out an official version of Troubled sometime this year, once we find a good home for it.
Taken away by this track by Lizard Kisses - the ‘Little Things’. I can imagine we will be hearing a lot more from this Brooklyn based band, with this dreamy aura. According to their info, they love to get tacos in Sunset Park, that’s possibly the most important information about them I could find - for me anyway because I love tacos.