Parallel Seismic Conspiracies


Seattle power popper Michael Benjamin Lerner AKA Telekinesis dazzled us with his perfectly formed self-titled debut album last year, laden with enough hooks and heartfelt love and lust to fill an ocean. Recalling vivid memories of his childhood and later romance, Lerner’s songs are all very personal and muse on subjects of loneliness, alienation and wanting someone. Inspired by a long distance love, he put 11 succinct pop gems to tape with Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla engineering. Fortunately the pair have stuck together for his follow up EP, Parallel Seismic Conspiracies, which was released at the end of August. The five track EP consists of two covers and three originals, one of which, ‘Caling All Doctors’, was on the debut album but is rerecorded here with a full band. Guided By Voices’ ‘Game of Pricks’ and Warsaw’s ‘The Drawback’ are covered alongside brand new original songs ‘Dirty Thing’ and ‘Non-Toxic’.

And as of November 11 preorders for Telekinesis’ follow up album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, are available in the lead up to its February 15 release. Documented in a photo blog on SPIN, if the first released song ‘Car Crash’ is anything to go by it has the same wire-tight rhythm section and sing-along melodies as Telekinesis! had. With an emphasis on spindly bass and radio rock power chords, filtered atmospherics fade in the background. Apparently Lerner actually was in a car crash in July when he first set out to record the album, though some have also considered the song may be musing on the idea of love as a car crash. It’s more uptempo than the EP’s tinkering ‘Dirty Thing’, which gives the impression it won’t be diverting too much from the sound of the debut album, but considering how addictive that was it’s probably not a bad thing.

Telekinesis is currently on tour in Europe with new band mates Jason Narducy of Verbow on bass and Cody Votolato of Jaguar Love and The Blood Brothers on guitar.

Buy Parallel Seismic Conspiracies EP from Merge Records

Preorder 12 Desperate Straight Lines LP from Merge Records

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