Telekinesis!’ Michael Benjamin Lerner is an extremely talented individual. Not only does he craft irresistibly catchy pop songs, but he also plays basically every instrument on his self-titled debut, (produced by Death Cabs For Cutie’s Chris Walla); an album filled with high energy, smartly written power-pop with an indie rock immediacy.
Telekenisis! is a great album for the spring, every song is filled with a breezy youthful exuberance that makes me want to blast this album as I cruise down the Pacific Coast highway with the windows rolled down basking in the heat of the sun. In others words, this is the perfect music for an OC spin-off that Alexandra Patsavas does music supervision for. What sets this album apart from most other power-pop outfits is the sheer craftsmanship of each song. They are all completely flawless pop gems that immediately get stuck in your head. After “Rust”, a slow number to kick off the album, “Coast of Carolina” sets the sun drenched energetic margin up a couple of notches with a guitar driven tune filled with “Na Na Nas” and a chorus of “ Turn it Up, Turn It up!” From then on the album is kicked into overdrive as Lerner plows through one catchy song after another. The major stand-outs are “Tokyo” -- an irresistible song that you can’t stop but bob your head to while singing along with the full chorus at the end; “I, I, I went to Tokyo.” Immediately following “Tokyo” is “Look At The East” which is another high-energy song with a killer hook that brings to mind old school Fountains of Wayne. “Awkward Kisser” and “Imaginary Friends” are two cutesy numbers that embody the nostalgic summer love of the teenage years.
Basically every song on this album is appealing, they are short, sweet perfect little pop gems. So if you pick up this CD, be prepared for it to be the soundtrack of your summer.