Skip a Sinking Stone

Mutual Benefit - Skip a Sinking Stone
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #347 / 762
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2016 Ratings: #359
May 20, 2016 / Release Date
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Mom+Pop / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

The end result is arguably even better than Love’s Crushing Diamond.  All the qualities that made that record so sublime have been built upon further on Skip A Sinking Stone, delivering a more expansive work of rare depth and poise.

85
The 405

His music is meant to be both nakedly honest and cathartic at once, and this is where Skip a Sinking Stone succeeds the most.

80
The Skinny

A little reminiscent of late-period Spiritualized or a mariachi-weaned Beirut, Lee weaves delicate patterns, minor keys reflecting off the major, Wayne Coyne-esque vocals floating gently on the tides of reminiscence.

80
AllMusic

Throughout, the album never loses its quietly hypnotic, reflective character or its soft-footed, ornate chamber-folk palette, transporting us to a distinct and remote destination that's nonetheless intimately relatable.

80
PopMatters

In a musical landscape powered by singles and populated by an insurmountable avalanche of new material, a record like this, which pulls like taffy and takes its time, really is a treat.

70
Under The Radar

While not quite able to scale the same heights of Love, he nonetheless mostly succeeds in reminding listeners that pretty music doesn't have to be cloying.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Like the flatness of a reflective pool, Skip a Sinking Stone stretches out in stunning beauty, giving listeners a gorgeous reflection of soaring, spectral synesthesia.

70
Pitchfork

Even if this is a gorgeous album, fantastically so, that quality is occasionally to its detriment. 

70
The Line of Best Fit

Mutual Benefit occasionally build to moments of wonderful melancholy, before coming back down and resetting their expectations. It’s a charming sense of reality, but ultimately the music drifts in the middle lane too much to be truly mesmerising.

60
DIY

Certainly a step in a more mature direction for Mutual Benefit, ‘Skip A Sinking Stone’ is a darker and more considered effort than its predecessor.

60
No Ripcord

Lee’s music comes from a place that’s pure, completely at odds with his current urban environment, handled with loving precision; nevertheless, it also fails to resonate when he’s too wrapped up in his own insularity.

58
Consequence of Sound

Skip A Sinking Stone is Lee’s most mature, thoughtful work yet, filled with complex reflection and meditation. That sense of calm also serves as the record’s biggest drawback, as it lacks the dramatic tension and sweeping heights that made songs like “Golden Wake” or “Advanced Falconry” so direct and impactful.

Fallendomino
83
Hugely underrated and beautifully mesmerizing. Your mind will drift as the music no longer becomes a focal point of your attention, but rather, the soundtrack to the vivid imagery it conjures.

Notable Songs: "Skipping Stones"; "Closer, Still"; "Lost Dreamers"; "Getting Gone"; "Not for Nothing"; "Slow March"; "City Sirens"
winitheju
82
This album is not quite as sparse as their debut, but that doesn't take away from its enchanting,beautiful sound
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#37/musicOMH
#57/Earbuddy

Track List

  1. Madrugada
  2. Skipping Stones
  3. Closer, Still
  4. Lost Dreamers
  5. Getting Gone
  6. Not for Nothing
  7. Nocturne
  8. Slow March
  9. Many Returns
  10. City Sirens
  11. Fire Escape
  12. The Hereafter
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