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Telekinesis is the songwriting vehicle of Michael Benjamin Lerner, whose music splits the difference between summery indie rock and buoyant power pop. A multi-instrumentalist who usually plays all the instruments on his Telekinesis recordings, Lerner achieved a classic pop sound on early efforts like 2009's Telekinesis! and 2011's 12 Desperate Straight Lines, but shifted his focus to vintage synth pop on 2015's Ad Infinitum, while 2019's Effluxion struck a balance between the two sides. Based in Seattle, Lerner handled most of the instrumental duties on his band's debut, Telekinesis!, which was produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and released in spring 2009. Telekinesis then launched a tour in support of the record, with auxiliary members Chris Staples, David Broecker, and Jonie Broecker filling out the lineup. On the 2010 EP Parallel Seismic Conspiracies, Lerner took over production duties, but for his next full LP, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, he was back to working with Walla. For the tour that accompanied the release, Lerner formed a new band with Jason Narducy on bass and Cody Votolato on guitar. Lerner's third outing under the Telekinesis moniker, 2013's Dormarion, found the one-man band enlisting the help of Spoon drummer/producer Jim Eno. Lerner spent the next two years immersing himself in the world of vintage synths and keyboards in anticipation of the band's retro synth pop-heavy fourth studio album, Ad Infinitum, which dropped in September 2015. Lerner struck a balance between the clean electronic textures of Ad Infinitum and the more organic approach of his earlier work on the album Effluxion, released in February 2019. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  2.   Cut the Quick
  3.   A Place in the Sun
  4.   Sleep In
  5.   Calling All Doctors
  6.   Feel It in Your Bones
  7.   Suburban Streetlight Drunk
  8.   In a Future World
  9.   50 Ways
  10.   Gotta Get It Right Now
  11.   Tokyo
  12.   Coast of California
  13.   Imaginary Friend
  14.   The Monk
  15.   Fight Club
  16.   I Saw Lightning
  17.   Edgewood
  18.   Little Hill
  19.   Break
  20.   Eyes Closed
  21.   Power Lines
  22.   NWO
  23.   Rust
  24.   Falling (In Dreams)
  25.   Please Ask for Help
  26.   Christmas Time Is Here (Uh Oh)
  27.   Wires
  28.   Can't Get It Out of My Head
  29.   Intruder
  30.   Car Crash
  31.   Filth
  32.   Palm of Your Hand
  33.   Always Awake
  34.   Bias
  35.   Laissez-Faire
  36.   Set a Course
  37.   Look to the East
  38.   Zuul
  39.   Empathetic People
  40.   Awkward Kisser
  41.   In My Mind
  42.   Like Nothing
  43.   Symphony
  44.   I Got You
  45.   The Lost Galaxy
  46.   It's Not Yr Fault
  47.   Fight Club by Coppa
  48.   Warp
  49.   Lean on Me
  50.   Shut Up
  51.   Patterns
  52.   Towns Chapel
  53.   It Could Be A Trap
  54.   I Cannot Love You
  55.   Bragger
  56.   Can't See Stars
  57.   Farmers Road
  58.   Pocket Full Of Drops
  59.   Meaningless
  60.   Out for Blood
  61.   Polaris
  62.   You Turn Clear in the Sun
  63.   Non-Toxic
  64.   Lich
  65.   Great Lakes
  66.   Ad Infinitum, Pt. 1
  67.   Ever True
  68.   Game of Pricks
  69.   The Drawback by Warsaw
  70.   Sacrifice
  71.   She Wants To Skate
  72.   Effluxion
  73.   Sleep
  74.   Country Lane
  75.   Machines
  76.   Mass Surveillance
  77.   Outdoor Miner
  78.   Judgement Day
  79.   P1kachu
  80.   Foreign Room
  81.   Island #4
  82.   Running Like a River
  83.   Look Out
  84.   Dark to Light
  85.   No Brain No Pain
  86.   Courtesy Phone
  87.   You Take It Slowly
  88.   Ad Infinitum, Pt. 2
  89.   Slime Gland
  90.   Sylvia
  91.   Fever Chill
  92.   Terror by Neonlight
  93.   How Do I Get Rid of Sunlight?
  94.   Parallel Universe
  95.   Hate
  96.   Wipe Out
  97.   Nightwalkers by Concord Dawn
  98.   Jab
  99.   Levitate
  100.   All of a Sudden
  101.   Diablo
  102.   Colony Collapse
  103.   Ghosts and Creatures
  104.   The Centre
  105.   The Drawback
  106.   Psiball
  107.   Dirty Thing
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