Mutual Benefit shares “The Hereafter”

Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz
Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz

Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee) shares new song, “The Hereafter,” via NPR Music’s All Songs Considered. As the final song of new album, Skip a Sinking Stone, and actually the last song written for the album, Lee feels it was the record’s missing piece. It was only upon it’s completion that the record began to make sense to Lee as a complete thought; it was finally symmetrical. Lee explains, “The first song on the album is about being scared that things won’t work out and ‘The Hereafter’ is about learning to let go and finding peace in ‘murky depths where light is found’ when they inevitably don’t.”

Skip a Sinking Stone takes place after the success of Mutual Benefit’s debut studio full-length, Love’s Crushing Diamond, and is a two-part meditation on impermanence that also acts a portrait of growing up. Awash in hope and string arrangements, the first half of the record is written about being in love and the non-stop year of touring that followed. The second half finds Lee breaking from his usual nomadic lifestyle, living and recording at the Silent Barn in New York, reflected musically by a comparative stillness and introspection. However, New York life presents another kind of unreality: one colored by a growing depression and downturn in the relationship, and a city in turmoil.

Mutual Benefit’s Skip a Sinking Stone is out May 20th on Mom+Pop, and available for pre-order now. Mutual Benefit just returned from a European tour, which included a stop at the BBC for a performance and interview on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio6. Mutual Benefit kick off their North American tour later this month.

Mutual Benefit Tour Dates:
Fri. May 27 — Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Sat. May 28 — Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Mon. May 30 — Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Tue. May 31 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Wed. June 1 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sun. June 5 — Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Mon. June 6 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Wed. June 8 — San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri. June 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
Sat. June 11 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Tue. June 14 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Wed. June 15 — Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Fri. June 17 — St. Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts
Sat. June 18 — Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Mon. June 20 — Washington, DC @ DC9
Tue. June 21 — Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Wed. June 22 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Thu. June 23 — Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Fri. June 24 — Boston, MA @ Great Scott