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 where he is and who is around that day. After releasing various limited edition EPs 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, and the recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. While Lee is certainly the brainchild throughout, the album is very much a collaborative effort featuring contributions by friends and others met along the way.

Love’s Crushing Diamond was initially going to be a cassette-only self-release. Then, it was going to be pressed as a limited edition, 250 LP run via vinyl-only label, Soft Eyes. However, after the Bandcamp posting of the album received growing recognition, including being the first-ever Bandcamp release to be named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork and a “Band to Watch” feature on Stereogum, it soon become apparent the album needed a proper release. Thus, Other Music Recording Co. stepped in to take the reigns—they will release the album on CD on December 3rd (January 13 in the UK/Europe); on LP on January 7th. The album is available digitally now. The first pressing of the CD and LP come with a free download code for Mutual Benefit’s “Cowboy’s Prayer” EP.

Fare The Gap

Fare the Gap enters the scene with honest, melodic harmonies that stir the soul with their Ironic juxtaposition of cheery, roots, folk guitar and dramatic synth orchestration. With hints of folk-tronica, their sound connects instantly with music-lovers who gravitate towards their raw emotion and the vulnerability of their lyrics.

Likened to artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Bibio, this magnetic duo brings a compelling mix of organic, acoustic sound and electric percussion to the music scene.

The young singer-songwriters Ryan B. Gillam, and Rebekah Price, formed in the spring of 2012 at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where the two started playing music together in practice rooms after class. After performing their first gig together just months later, the two knew they had something special.

"The chemistry was there early on," says Rebekah. "We would spend hours pouring over ideas, writing lyrics and crafting emotive melodies."

Both have maintained a close relationship with music most of their lives. Ryan, a classically trained-pianist since age seven, and Rebekah, a vocal performer since age four, both found their way to the stage early on through musical theatre.

"We are trying to create that perfect tension between airy, melodic folk and thick, rhythmic synths to give fans an emotional experience," says Ryan, who along with writing lyrics, focuses on the instrumentation and arrangement of their music.

With songs that will not disappoint, Fare the Gap creates a musical atmosphere that can't be fabricated.

Their debut album launch in the spring of 2013 will include their recent singles (included in the demo), "Abel Cried Out" and "So Far".

mumbledust

mumbledust is the Savannah-based folk noir duo of Rachael Perisho and Ryan McCardle. Their deceptively simple and curio-filled performance ensemble isn't afraid to make the most of the silence. In fact, they build their songs from the ambience up; interweaving their distinct harmonies and pastoral poetry with swells of acoustics, plucks from a banjo and moans from a saw. mumbledust have been working with some friendly folks, including Sara Odze (cello), for their debut full-length (due Fall 2014) which will serve soundtrack to your personal journey in the search of "home."

Genre: Folk Noir / Ambient Folk

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Mutual Benefit with Fare The Gap, mumbledust

Saturday, May 10 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Ampersand