Sometimes in life we need to hit the brakes and take stock of what is really important. And when we do so we find that what really matters is not what you’re saving to buy or that project deadline. It’s the things that money can’t buy; the love of our loved ones, the warmth of home, the beauty of nature. These are what give life its salt and bringing us this important reminder is indie folk band Mutual Benefit. ‘Not For Nothing’ is a simple, acoustic guitar-driven tune about the cadence of life and how it can sweep us away from those things that really count. Through the song Jordan Lee is reassuring the listener that their blood, sweat and tears are worth something; even if it’s just the joy of getting home at the end of it all.
On the evidence of this tender offering, Mutual Benefit’s upcoming project ‘Skip a Sinking Stone’, will pick up right where the band’s previous LP, ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond‘, left off. Critics called that 2013 debut “loving, patient, warm hearted, unfailingly hopeful“, all boxes which Not For Nothing checks effortlessly. Lee confirmed this direction for the new album in an interview, revealing that the title was drawn from observing a stone skipping over water. He equates the ups and downs of life to the bobbing of a stone on the water surface. With the songs in the album, the Texan hopes to encourage fans to accept the undulations of earthly existence, relax and make the most of their lives regardless. It is a message that the newly released animation for Not For Nothing captures with a soothing charm.
Look out for Skip a Sinking Stone’s release on May 20.
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