"Love's Crushing Diamond" - Mutual Benefit [Spotify Album Stream]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published October 12, 2013

Love's Crushing Diamond is an album that's difficult to categorize, but an enjoyable listen. It combines elements of avant-garde new age music with touches of folk, indie rock, and electronica. By default, the album begins playing at Track 3 "Advanced Falconry" which is a particularly groovy song with lovely harmonies and melodies. At around 32 minutes total running time, Love's Crushing Diamond avoids any weak spots and delivers a very satisfying mellow experience with playful vocals and instrumentation that keeps things interesting.

Notes from Mutual Benefit's Bandcamp Page:

dispatches from a year of notable absences
released 07 October 2013
Sounds / Jordan Lee
Visuals / Cory Siegler
Mastering / @ Treehouse by Jake Yuhas

Recorded on the road and at:
Ohm Recording Facility in Austin, TX
Temporary Autonomous Zone in St Louis, MO
Thee Hallowed Sound Dungeon in Boston, MA

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

Appreciation to everyone above whom I coerced into collaboration. Roommates in MO, TX, MA for putting up with the inescapable presence of these songs everyday. Marc + Cory who helped every step of the way to make sure these songs had a good physical home. Everyone who helped us tour through their city and provided a couch to sleep on and good conversation. Dreamhaus + Whitehaus + Muthership (RIP) for giving mb a space to find its fledgling voice. FMLY for providing near constant inspiration and sonic exploration. And lastly, Ohio friends + family for keeping everything so real

L O V E + P O W E R

tags: austin brooklyn experimental pop pop st louis Boston
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Be sure to check out Mutual Benefit's Merch Page.

Also worth noting, Mutual Benefit's Facebook Page describes them as "post-lunar buddha turds" which is a better description than I could ever write.

Source: Mutual Benefit Bandcamp
Via: Stereogum

Mutual Benefit
Avant-Garde Electronic
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