Following on from his 2016 album Skip A Sinking Stone, Jordan Lee (aka Mutual Benefit), is releasing a new album in September 2018. It's called Thunder Follows The Light, and two songs have been released straight away to show off the full range of the patient and prismatic collection of songs accrued over the past two years. New History and Storm Cellar Heart can both be heard in our new music playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.
Jordan Lee, who grew up in Ohio and is currently based in New York, has been crafting pop experiments for almost a decade, blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. His new album is no different, and features an array of friends and many returning collaborators. Commenting on New History, one of the two first tracks to be taken from the album, which features vocals from Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), he says:
"I think people in power benefit greatly from a general lack of historic memory in the US. I've been wondering if the first step to imagining a more just world is to study our history better, not just the linear revisionist one that is oft-repeated but all the unsung champions of equal rights as well as the acts of unthinkable cruelty that humans are also capable of."
And, on Storm Cellar Heart:
"Writing this provided a reminder that while moments of recharging are important, I didn't want to get too entrenched in escapism instead of the messiness of living."
There is lots more news to come soon, including some extensive touring of North America and Europe. In the meantime, here are those pre-order links again...