In Praise Of: MUTUAL BENEFIT - Come To Pass
09 Oct 2018
Mutual Benefit shares a new video for his new LP Thunder Follows The Light.
Following the recent release of his critically-heralded third LP Thunder Follows The Light (out via Transgressive Records), Mutual Benefit, the songwriting outlet for multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Lee, has shared the video for track "Come To Pass". Watch it below.
Director Gabriel Gomez comments of the video: “I wanted to honor both the song’s sonic aesthetics & message. When Jordan and I spoke about the lyrics & the overall narrative, we discussed the notion of relying on the past for answers about the future. History obviously holds wisdom, but it can also act as a tethering for progress. Ultimately, sometimes it’s just as important to let go. I wanted to take those ideas and turn them into a simple, visually-satisfying story featuring a person actively trying to free themselves of the past. And a very wise dog. There’s a lot of really dark shit on our screens these days and I just wanted to make something somewhat whimsical, but with a soulful narrative that everyone can relate to.”
Jordan comments on the track: “'Come to Pass' is a refutation of the idea that there was ever a golden age to return back to. Both personally and politically I’m afraid of this sort of constructed nostalgia that keeps us looking backwards instead of a having a powerful enough imagination to see the hard truths of the present but work towards a better future.”
Thunder Follows The Light contemplates the ongoing destruction of the outer world and how it shapes the storms of our inner ones. There are meditations on collective struggle, death, rebirth, and reasons to believe it’s worth the fight. Following a pair of celebrated full-lengths, 2016’s Skip A Sinking Stone and 2013’s Love’s Crushing Diamond, his new release was largely recorded between Brooklyn and Boston and mixed by Brian Deck.
Mutual Benefit has also announced US, UK and Irish tour dates for later this year, which are listed below.
WHAT THEY SAY
"lilting and gentle, so hypnotically rhythmic that it often recalls children’s lullabies." - Pitchfork
"some of the most alluring arrangements of his career" - Consequence of Sound
"an earthy, slow-burning LP with a cozy, comforting terroir all its own." - Bandcamp
"Ambient, folky and gorgeously arranged" - Paste
"Breathtaking and muddling, an ornate collection of chamber pop about a deep-seated anxiety that the end is near." - FLOOD.
TIP: Catch him at Oslo on 30th October. Tickets available HERE.