Mutual Benefit Skip A Sinking Stone on LP + Download
Skip a Sinking Stone, the new album by Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee) is a two-part meditation on impermanence that also acts as a portrait of growing up. Mutual Benefit's work has been praised as being vulnerable and warmhearted. This new album, his debut for Mom+Pop, has a similar sensibility, patiently built from carefully chosen lines illustrated by lush astral folk and intricately composed arrangements that manage to appear effortless.
Skip a Sinking Stone takes place after the success of Mutual Benefit's debut studio full-length, Love's Crushing Diamond, with Lee settled into a life that passes as steady. The first half of the record, awash in warm string arrangements and hope, is written about the year that followed: Mutual Benefit's rotating cast of friends and collaborators is touring non-stop, playing professional stages and festivals, and Lee is in love.
The second half of the album finds Lee in New York, in a rare position of having the time and resources to work on the new record full-time. Each stone ultimately sinks, but, as Lee sings on the album's zenith, as the cycle ends and repeats again, all we can do is maintain the hope that it's "Not For Nothing."