Photo by Tonje Thilesen
Jordan Lee has spent the last few years moving from Ohio, to Austin, to Boston, and most recently Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with friends’ groups, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on the day. After self-releasing two limited cassettes and playing scores of house shows, Lee completed his debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond, a record of lush, watery, pop songs, pieced together over the past several years and inspired by the kinetic energy, goodbyes, and blurred landscapes of life on the road. The songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece. Mutual Benefit’s EP, “The Cowboy’s Prayer”, was the real introduction of the lush orchestral folk sound that many first heard on Love’s Crushing Diamond. “The Cowboy’s Prayer EP” has been remastered and is available in physical formats for the first time, with all new artwork, as a gorgeous one-sided etched 45rpm 12” and CD.