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1 review »This promo has an endorsement from Pitchfork incorporated into the artwork. I just saw their end of year lists; a grim indictment of the current state of commercial indie rock. It does however give you a decent idea of what this will sound like. Mutual Benefit are peddling a dreamy kind of indie rock with shades of Frightened Rabbit and Menomena but also a hangdog blandness which brings to mind th ... »

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Love's Crushing Diamond by Mutual Benefit
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6/10 Mike Staff review, 10 January 2014

This promo has an endorsement from Pitchfork incorporated into the artwork. I just saw their end of year lists; a grim indictment of the current state of commercial indie rock. It does however give you a decent idea of what this will sound like. Mutual Benefit are peddling a dreamy kind of indie rock with shades of Frightened Rabbit and Menomena but also a hangdog blandness which brings to mind the likes of Stornoway or Whales in Cubicles - which isn’t to say it’s terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re looking for excitement you might want to try something else (like the ace new Big Ups LP).

Perhaps I am being a little unfair, there are some beautifully arranged touches and the songs are carefully crafted and thoroughly listenable. When they take it down a notch on the silky ‘Advanced Falconry’ they seem to be channelling the whispery grandeur of Ella Guru via a kind of Sufjan Stevens/early dEUS indie-folk warmth, for example, and the lightness of touch exhibited throughout might see this turning into a grower for me.

It is unquestionably sonorous and there are times when they conjure up dense pillows of sound that recall early Arcade Fire, but more interestingly they use the density of their sound as a dream-like fog which swathes their arrangements with a world-weary nostalgia. The vocals are largely a wistful falsetto which won’t annoy fans of Sufjan Stevens or Band of Horses. A perfectly respectable bit of dreamy post-Americana indie pop.

 



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