Toe Tapping Goodness
Telekinesis’ new release is pure goodness. Fun, fresh, but still with a bit of pop-dischord so that it holds your attention. Michael Benjamin Lerner knows how to write good music, keep it interesting, and keep on doing it. I understand he bought a bunch of old equipment, figured out how to use it, then put this album together. The synth-sound works well here. If you need to be uplifted, give the appropriately Ad Infinitum a shot, you’l want to keep listening.
Scolding a Banana
Not up to his standard of prior releases. Too forced-synthy and retro-contrived.
I gotta say, I am a little disappointed in this album. I loved all of Telekinesis’ previous releases and was very excited when I heard there was going to be a new album. But MBJ definitely took a different route this time, which is fine, but I’m not a fan of the whole new synth take-over. It does seem a bit forced. Although, I do love Courtesy Phone (maybe because it sounds like a throwback) other highlights for me include Sylvia and Sleep In.
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
- Seattle, WA