MU­TUAL BENEF BEN­E­FIT

THUN­DER FOL­LOWS THE LIGHT TRANS­GRES­SIVE, OUT NOW

Q (UK) - - Review -

Med­i­ta­tive freak-folk mas­ter­class from Brook­lyn-based trou­ba­dour. In an in­creas­ingly an­tag­o­nis­tic world, the need for mu­sic that acts as a sonic safe haven grows ever more acute. “Tak­ing shel­ter to wait out this in­clement weather,” sighs Jor­dan Lee amid the woozy or­ches­tra­tion of Storm Cel­lar Heart, and the sense of Lee with­draw­ing into his shell is pal­pa­ble through­out the fol­low-up to 2016’ s rel­a­tively chip­per Skip A Sink­ing Stone. Not that his third stu­dio al­bum feels re­motely in­dul­gent. A win­try Shed­ding Skin shim­mers like Fleet Foxes at their sleek­est, while Waves, Break­ing is a hyp­notic fiveminute sound­scape awash with wail­ing prog-rock sax. The Trump night­mare goes on, but these oth­er­worldly lo-fi lul­la­bies pro­vide the per­fect tonic. ★★★★ PAUL MOODY Lis­ten To: Shed­ding Skin | Waves, Break­ing | Storm Cel­lar Heart

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