Seattle-based indie outfit Telekinesis makes compact power-pop full of fuzzy guitars, shimmering synths, and emotional vocals. Project mastermind Michael Benjamin Lerner’s charming voice manages to make even the most melancholy lyrics sound sunny and fun, and in concert his infectious energy always gets ticket buyers bouncing around to his buoyant songs. Lerner tends to perform solo, rocking a vintage guitar and sunglasses as he plays along to his crisp backing tracks, but despite the minimal setup his live shows pack quite a punch. Whether he’s crooning to the gentle groove of “Ghosts and Creatures” or picking up the pace with “Tokyo”, Telekinesis always brings the catchy indie pop goodness at his upbeat live shows.
Michael Benjamin Lerner released several EPs as Telekinesis before releasing his self-titled 2009 debut LP, an auspicious record that was produced by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. The album garnered the attention of indie imprint Merge Records, and Lerner signed with the label soon after. He followed up in 2011 with 12 Desperate Straight Lines, an album full of honest power-pop nuggets that led to extensive touring with a backing band. His third album, 2013’s Dormarion, was a hit with critics that led to more touring. At his recent shows Lerner has eschewed performing with a band in favor of a solo approach, taking the stage with a guitar and backing tracks to deliver his heart-on-sleeve songs. In early 2015 he announced his fourth album Ad Infinitum, welcome news for fans eager to catch his new Telekinesis material on tour.