shares “Cut the Quick” video
from forthcoming album, Effluxion
out 22nd February
on Merge Records
The new Telekinesis album Effluxion (from the Latin term meaning “to flow”) captures the spirit in which the album was made: hooks flow in, hooks flow out. Ten years into what will be a long career destined to be studied and mined the way he studies and mines those of the bands he loves, Telekinesis principal Michael Benjamin Lerner is as much a medium of power pop as a manufacturer.
While any song off Effluxion could be used as an example of this prowess, Lerner is most excited about “Cut the Quick,” which premiered today on NPR’s All Songs Considered. It is accompanied by a new Kayhl Cooper-directed music video, which was shot in Manhattan and stars Lerner as he attempts to channel a mysterious spirit.
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, in the purest way, 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
Need more Telekinesis? Revisit Effluxion’s previous single “Set a Course”. Telekinesis will be touring Europe towards the end of 2019. His US tour begins this April.
Pre-order Effluxion now on CD, LP, and mint green Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, or wherever you buy music.