12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Telekinesis! is mostly a one-man project driven by Michael Benjamin Lerner, a Seattle-based drummer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, his eponymous debut is a delightfully concise batch of crisp and catchy power pop aimed at those who love the three-minute form. Created with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, who produced the album and played some instruments, the songs feature abundant hooks, memorable choruses, and the kind of repetitive phrases you’re happy to have bouncing around your head for a while. The album’s two ballads, “Rust” and “I Saw Lightning,” add some variety but the true standouts are the sunny, high-energy travelogue tunes “Coast of Carolina,” “Toyko,” “Look to the East,” and “Great Lakes,” along with “Awkward Kisser” and the irresistible “Imaginary Friend.” There’s nothing fancy here, just fun, well-crafted pop songs and not a bummer in the bunch. Can’t argue with that.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Telekinesis! is mostly a one-man project driven by Michael Benjamin Lerner, a Seattle-based drummer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, his eponymous debut is a delightfully concise batch of crisp and catchy power pop aimed at those who love the three-minute form. Created with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, who produced the album and played some instruments, the songs feature abundant hooks, memorable choruses, and the kind of repetitive phrases you’re happy to have bouncing around your head for a while. The album’s two ballads, “Rust” and “I Saw Lightning,” add some variety but the true standouts are the sunny, high-energy travelogue tunes “Coast of Carolina,” “Toyko,” “Look to the East,” and “Great Lakes,” along with “Awkward Kisser” and the irresistible “Imaginary Friend.” There’s nothing fancy here, just fun, well-crafted pop songs and not a bummer in the bunch. Can’t argue with that.

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About Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the songwriting vehicle of Michael Benjamin Lerner, whose music splits the difference between summery indie rock and buoyant power pop. Based in Seattle, Washington, Lerner handled most of the instrumental duties on his band's debut, Telekinesis!, which was produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and released in spring 2009. Telekinesis then launched a tour in support of the record, with auxiliary members Chris Staples, David Broecker, and Jonie Broecker filling out the lineup. On the 2010 EP Parallel Seismic Conspiracies, Lerner took over production duties but for his next full LP, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, he was back to working with Walla. For the tour that accompanied the release, Lerner formed a new band with Jason Narducy on bass and Cody Votolato on guitar. Lerner's third outing under the Telekinesis moniker, 2013's Dormarion, found the one-man band enlisting the help of Spoon drummer/producer Jim Eno. Lerner spent the next two years immersing himself in the world of vintage synths and keyboards in anticipation of the band's retro synth pop-heavy fourth studio album, Ad Infinitum, which dropped in September 2015. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • FORMED
    2008

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