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Best New Bands of 2013 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #10: Mutual Benefit

17 Dec
Quite possibly the best record of the year. Mutual Benefit is why I love giving Hummingbird Awards

Quite possibly the best record of the year. Mutual Benefit is why I love giving Hummingbird Awards

Best New Bands of 2013 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #10: Mutual Benefit

Jordan Lee’s story reminds me a lot of the Justin Vernon move to a cabin in the Wisconsin woods to record For Emma, Forever Ago. Jordan Lee’s Mutual Benefit is a band collective formed on one emotion, traveling sadness. Darkness is the only emotion that seemed to be rattling in Jordan’s head over his 7 track Love’s Crushing Diamond. Tracks like “That Light That’s Blinding” with the plucking piano keys, choral voices and sad strumming violin remind me so much of For Emma, that I am waiting for Justin’s falsetto to shower over me. The XX/XY duet, bring out Jordan’s unique tone, and the experimental rolling band mates make this album quite possibly one of the best of 2013. Mutual Benefit could be this year’s Bon Iver, only if he bookends this record with an upbeat Broken Social Scene backwoods cultish ensemble record.

Founded: 2009
Hometown: Austin, Boston & St. Louis
Members: The lead Jordan Lee
Violin / Jake Falby
Bass / George Folickman
Electric Guitar / Marc Merza
Singing / Virginia de la Pozas + Cory Siegler + Julie Byrne
Drums / Cameron Potter
Hand Drums + Percussion / Dillon Zahner
Sound Hunting / Ali Carter
Cacophony / Chico Jones + Austin Kalman
Inspirational Electronics / Stefan Grabowski
Sonic Soulmates™: Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and possibly the experimental side of Broken Social Scene
Trackables™: Listen to the whole record, but PLEASE LISTEN TO
“Let’s Play/Statue of a Man”

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Hummingbird Awards – ALL YOUR BEST NEW BANDS FROM 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013:

Hummingbird Awards 2013 RECAP
#13 MS MR
#12 Swim Deep
#11 Holy Milk
#10 Mutual Benefit

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Hummingbird Awards 2011
Hummingbird Awards 2010

Band of the Day (8.19.10) Prince Rama

19 Aug Artplotationists raise beats from the ashes...Florida, Boston --- Brooklyn

BOD (8.19.10) Prince Rama

Prince Rama, formerly Prince Rama of Ayodhya, were raised on a commune in Florida, moved to Boston, now artfully creating in Brooklyn. They’re sound is ominous, spooky, arty and cool. I place them next to Jefferson Airplane and not as campy as Polyphonic Spree. They’re crafty and they pull off some very interesting 60’s world sounds. Shadow Temple, is their first album and you can pre-order it here before its release on September 14th.

“”Lightening Fossil”

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