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Album Review

Telekinesis' first album for Merge, 2009’s self-titled affair, was catchy and slick-sounding indie rock that was reasonably good but suffered from over-production and an overall lack of excitement. Michael Benjamin Lerner's decision to work with Death Cab’s Chris Walla probably helped him in the short run, but making another record that lacked a spark would likely have ruined the band. Fortunately, on 2010’s transitional EP Parallel Seismic Conspiracies Lerner pretty much goes it alone, and the lack of polish and boost of ramshackle energy are refreshing. It’s telling that he covers Guided by Voices' “Game of Pricks,” because the short, punchy tunes he wrote for the EP sound very much like the work of a cleaned-up GBV. The five brief songs here are way more memorable than anything on the first album (especially the loping and sweetly sung “Dirty Thing”) and show that Lerner might be able to deliver something truly interesting on Telekinesis' second record if he stays on this path.

Customer Reviews


This is fabulous! I really like Telekinesis and this is only getting better!

I love it

i love his songwriting! I've been waiting for some new the EP...saw The Drawback? i said NoWay!!! Joy Division Cover!!!! this guy rocks it!!!! blows evey other version I've listen to!!! Calling all Doctors Rocks as well!!!!

so amazing!

gahh i just love mbl and his wonderful talent, just simply wow. also walla has some outstanding producing skills just wow.. great GREAT songs on here, dirty thing is always stick in my head and i really like having it stuck in there!


Formed: 2008 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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....
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