Release Date: Feb 22, 2019
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Just to put things into perspective here: when Telekinesis hit their stride with 12 Desperate Straight Lines, My Space was the social media music platform of choice. Even back in 2011, the Michael Benjamin Lerner- led project sounded like a tough gamble considering the musical landscape was coming to terms with the fact that indie rock was moving into a comfortable niche. But since Telekinesis got its start, you felt that Lerner wasn't really interested in kowtowing into the folk-driven takeover of 2011 (Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Mumford and Sons were the prime fillet of the blog scene back then).
Faint and without much variation, Telekinesis is for fans of straight-forward, utopian power pop. Michael Benjamin Lerner's elementary, all-parts-self-made dimes are too easy for listeners that yearn to be wowed. Simple drum beats resurface, hooks come in and out, and it works for Telekinesis. It can be tough having expectations as a music obsessive; maybe people like us shouldn't.