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Thunder Follows The Light

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Boots mutual benefit keeps going from strength to strength. Mild, sweet voices mix with mellow and lush instrumentation for a sound that captivates. Every song is gorgeous and my favourite. Listen to them all, I'm begging you Favorite track: Shedding Skin.
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Brian Miller Gorgeous, comforting, thoughtful, and true. As always. Favorite track: Come To Pass.
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Jesse Rolfe Stellar album, reaches new heights with every track. Thunder Follows floors me every single time. Favorite track: Thunder Follows.
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jaseofspades Most underrated artist ever! Yet again an album that is an absolute thing of beauty, spellbinding and mild. His live shows are stunning as well. Thanks for making such beautiful music - never ever stop! Favorite track: Storm Cellar Heart.
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note Another gem. Jordan can honestly do no wrong. He is absolutely growing and maturing musically before our very ears, and I for one am honored to be a part of it. Picking a favorite track is not really fair. Favorite track: No Dominion.
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the winds have been rising torrid and frightening clouds have been gathering On our way home there’s a changing horizon It is written in lightning Ions colliding on our way home if love is an armor then can we love stronger? to take care of each other through all the storms there ain’t no turning back once you have seen it the sky it is turning black out in the distance if love is an armor than can we love stronger? forged as the years turn on our way home
New History 03:12
the sun is setting on this town where rust and ivy intertwine where past and present remain bound in all the things we leave behind because spirits linger cities whisper of who we once were repeating over It echoes all throughout this town a past more present than it seems With pained reminders all around of whats no longer history
waking early moving quickly just in time to see morning glories they’re in bloom now a neighbor told me that it helps to notice the small things taking time out taking shelter to wait out this inclimate weather when you hold me it’s so much better it’s enough to drown out the thunder it’s a still life at my window sipping coffee watching the birds go but is it still life? it doesn’t feel so is it storms that help make the heart grow?
diamond scales upon a rotted log cicadas singing from a mountaintop blossoms growing on a dogwood tree leave behind what you used to be It looks like it will be that kind of year cicadas waking from within the dirt toadstool growing from a fallen tree leave behind what used to be
Come To Pass 02:42
and I’ve been waiting for a long time seems like we’ve waited for a lifetime but I think its better not to grieve for a fiction of how things used to be ‘cause I have a feeling it won’t ever come around and I can’t seem to shake these bad dreams so we keep burning all our sage leaves in hopes that the smoke will clear the air a cure for something that isn’t there ‘cause I have a feeling it won’t ever come around ‘cause I think its better not to grieve for a fiction of how things used to be ‘cause I have a feeling it won’t ever come around
and the waves dance with me to the sounds of the singing sea when those raindrops hit a percussive shift as the tide slowly rises and with alarming speed how we cease to be masters of our terrain but the waves cannot be tamed by any song that we can play and that moon can pull and those waves can break but we rarely listen and with alarming speed how we cease to be masters of our terrain water on the land castles in the sand mountains toppling down
No Dominion 02:49
its on these days I read you letters hoping for some truth within like a song that can’t be silenced I’m awake again In a world that tries to numb us its enough to stay alive peace is more than just a season it is worth the fight say say say you will brave the storms that rage in you still and a heart can stir at the toll it takes but a soul can never break its on the days I pay you homage a little poem I recite it says death shall have no dominion may you rest through the night
We stayed up driving how we almost lost ourselves as morning was breaking and the parkway took us underneath the mountain’s shadow holding on to love that we’ve known waiting for the sun to show again and down in the valley how we almost lost our way but behind those hilltops there is light obstructed
nightingale sing for the king will you be the muse until you’re of no use nightingale tweet for the queen will you sing your song while the kingdom falls nightingale fly away as far as you can from this place someday you will know that your song has found its home
In the twilight underneath the ground there is life still it is singing loud and even when the saplings bend their roots will still expand and peace is more than just a season coming round again in a past life guided by the stars gazing upwards navigating where we are but even when the sky gets drowned out by the city lights we can still try and make out what we are inside and oh thunder a warning shot a bomb dropped elsewhere how can we keep waking up the same? so I wonder is the light before thunder here again


Thunder Follows The Light contemplates the ongoing destruction of the outer world and how it shapes the storms of our inner ones. There are meditations on the environment, collective struggle, death, rebirth, reasons to believe it’s worth the fight.

For nearly a decade, Jordan Lee has crafted pop experiments blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. Thunder Follows the Light is a testament to the power of music as a space for collective processing and emotional response. Like his other releases, it is a highly collaborative document. Its sprawling chamber folk features many returning collaborators—violinist Jake Falby, guitarist Mike Clifford, percussionist Dillon Zahner—as well as first-time players—vocalist Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), drummer Felix Walworth (of Told Slant), saxophonist Gabriel Birnbaum (of Wilder Maker).

Lee’s aggressive pursuit of art-making for himself is empathetic and outward-facing, looking both to the past and the future with warmth and hopefulness. “Peace is more than just a season coming ‘round again,” he sings on two different songs—and the emphasis seems intentional: suggesting that harmony of the mind and the heart do not just transpire but must be worked for, growing from deep-rooted foundations. In the world that birthed Thunder Follows the Light, it feels like medicine.


released September 21, 2018

Written by Jordan Lee
With writing contributions from
Mike Clifford, Jake Falby, and Dillon Zahner

Art Direction by Kelsie McNair

Mixed with Brian Deck

Mastered with Josh Bonati

Engineering by the band and additional drum and sax engineering by Carlos Hernandez @ Gravesend Recordings

Jordan Lee - vocals, guitar, bass, synth, banjo, piano
Mike Clifford - guitar, vocals
Jake Falby - violin, viola
Johanne Swanson - vocals
Felix Walworth - drums
Dillon Zahner - percussion, bass clarinet
Dan Goldberg - synth
Gabriel Birnbaum - saxophone
Pier Harrison - vocals
Dan Goldberg - synth
Michael Prentky - trombone
Noah Klein - flute
Chris Lee - cello


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