It was to our delight to get word of new material from Mutual Benefit, the sometimes sprawling collective or occasional one-man band helmed by Jason Lee. Their debut album Love's Crushing Diamond soundtracked much of the past two icy winters, with its glittering soundscapes and gentle melodies complimenting melting snow and dripping icicles.
The first sounds from Mutual Benefit's new album are still gentle, but ultimately uplifting. "Not For Nothing," and its beautifully illustrated video, speak of the earnestness of the moment, the precious present. All of which portend well for the new album, Skip A Sinking Stone, due out May 20. If you can't wait that long to hear new material - and we don't blame you - check out the band on tour. They play Providence's Columbus Theater on March 13. Tickets are available here.
Words by Brian Hodge