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Mutual Benefit Score Upper Class Malaise in Exquisite ‘Advanced Falconry’ Video

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Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee records as Mutual Benefit, a mostly one-man band that recently issued its debut full-length album, Love’s Crushing Diamond. Now, Lee has paired the lushly arranged standout track “Advanced Falconry” with a music video created by film collective Bangs (which helmed Autre Ne Veut’s ballroom-set “Ego Free Sex Free” video) and directed by Allie Avital Tsypin. Premiered via the New York TimesT Magazine, the clip takes a slow-motion look at a family posing for an outdoor, autumn photo shoot. The camera catches every frown, restless sigh, and expression of resentment between the relatives.

“What I loved about this concept was that it stretches out this 15-second moment, documenting all the nuances in what was happening between these people,” Lee told T Magazine. “When everyone is pretending to be happy, you actually make the worst faces, and the slo-mo captures that. It becomes this really good metaphor to depict the space between realness and artificiality.”

Watch the “Advanced Falconry” video above, and scroll down for Mutual Benefit’s upcoming tour dates.

Mutual Benefit tour dates:

December 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Converse Rubber Tracks
January 13 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
January 14 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
January 15 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Underground
January 16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Bird House
January 17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows)
January 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
January 21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
January 22 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
January 23 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
January 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
January 26 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
January 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Centre for the Arts – Eagle Rock
January 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
January 31 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
February 1 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
February 3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
February 4 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
February 5 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
February 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
February 7 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
February 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
February 25 – Berlin, Germany @ Berghain Kantine
February 26 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Bar
February 27 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Bar
March 2 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
March 3 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
March 4 – London, U.K. @ St. John’s Church