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Effluxion

    If Michael Benjamin Lerner has given us nothing more than an opportunity to nudge the word “effluxion” into the common vernacular, it is still a crowning cultural achievement. But he has given us much more than that. The fifth fulllength album he’s recorded as Telekinesis is perfect, unfussy power pop— romantic and hopeful and skittish and fresh and familiar, with hooks in all the
    right places. He called the album Effluxion because he too found the word a little alien when he first heard it in passing, but it also captured the spirit in which the album was made. After Lerner largely traded guitars and drums for moodier synthesizers and drum machines on 2015’s Ad Infinitum—more OMD than GBV—Scottish indie-pop gods Teenage Fanclub invited Lerner on board as a touring member in 2017.

    In addition to this being genie-lamp wish fulfillment for a devoted acolyte, playing those songs every night with his heroes brought him back to known pleasures. Effluxion is a back-to-basics album—not just in its reaffirmation of the sound and style that made Lerner an indie wunderkind a decade ago at age 22, but in the way it was created. Using the same now-discontinued MacBook microphone he used to record his earliest tracks, he holed up in the basement of his West Seattle home and put the album together piece by piece over the past two years, playing every instrument. While previous albums had former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla—who discovered and championed Telekinesis’ demos—and Spoon’s Jim Eno serving as producers and sounding boards and sidemen and general voices of authority and experience, Lerner wanted to do this one entirely on his own. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Effluxion
    2. Cut The Quick
    3. Like Nothing
    4. Running Like A River
    5. Set A Course. SIDE B 
    6. How Do I Get Rid Of Sunlight?
    7. Suburban Streetlight Drunk
    8. Feel It In Your Bones
    9. A Place In The Sun
    10. Out For Blood.

    When it came time to make Ad Infinitum, the fourth Telekinesis album, drummer/songwriter/principal architect Michael Lerner found himself in a predicament. In just under five years, he had released three fantastic records - Telekinesis! (2009), 12 Desperate Straight Lines (2011), and Dormarion (2013) - each more ambitious than the last. He had toured all over the world, shared stages with great bands, and enthralled fans of his infectious, ebullient power pop. Newly married and happily ensconced in the home studio he’d assembled in his West Seattle basement, Lerner found himself asking the question that has haunted modestly successful bands down the ages: What do you do after the rock and roll dreams you had when you were 19 have come true? “I went down to the basement,” Lerner recalls, “and started playing the same chords I always play… I just felt like I’d exhausted everything I knew. I was not excited at all. I just could not make another power-pop album.” While many artists have made fruitful use of vintage sounds and production techniques in recent years, Ad Infinitum is a different animal. It feels less like a time capsule and more like a time machine. In the movie version of the story, Lerner would stumble on his way down the stairs, hit his head, and wake up in 1983, and the only way he could get back to the present day would be to make a record using available instruments. Then he’d wake in 2015 to discover he’d been in his basement studio all along. And the record he’d made in that strange dream state would turn out to be Ad Infinitum, the most ambitious and assured Telekinesis release to date. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Falling (In Dreams)
    2. Sylvia
    3. In A Future World
    4. Courtesy Phone
    5. Sleep In
    6. Edgewood
    7. It’s Not Yr Fault
    8. Farmers Road
    9. Ad Infinitum Pt. 1
    10. Ad Infinitum Pt. 2

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    Dirty Thing

      After his stunning self titled debut album, Michael Lerner aka Telekinesis brings you "Dirty Thing", which pays homage to the culture of Low Fidelity, Michael Lerner recorded this EP all alone with the microphone of his Macbook and "insane amounts of compression". The record's raw sound fits perfectly to its five songs: candid, straightforward and always emotional: This is exactly the kind of rock n roll-record that's become rare - just a bunch of incredibly catchy two-minute-tunes. While two of them are brand new, you'll already know the other three: "Calling All Doctors" (from the debut album - different version though), "Meaningless" ( Magnetic Fields cover) and "The Drawback" a Warsaw ( Joy Division) cover.

      TRACK LISTING

      01 Dirty Thing
      02 Meaningless
      03 Calling All Doctors (Live Version)
      04 Non Toxic
      05 The Drawback


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