SOUNDS LIKE: Neighbors, Gardens & Villa, Spoon
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The spooky, synthy turn for Michael Benjamin Lerner is damn good!
Michael Benjamin Lerner, better known as his recording moniker Telekinesis, sure knows how to write a pop song. Since 2009, he's put out two well crafted LPs full of addictive melodies that act as soundtracks for days spent strolling through parks as you bask in the sun. After working at home in Seattle with Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla as producer on those two albums, Lerner headed to Austin, Texas and hooked up with Spoon's Jim Eno at his Public Hi-Fi studio to produce his third album, Dormarion.
While nearly every Telekinesis song before now came from a blue sky with nary a cloud, "Ghosts & Creatures" sounds like Lerner heading right into a storm front. A calm piano fuses with a spooky synth overtop the pulse of a heartbeat, providing the thunder for Lerner's lightning vocal. Sheets of rain begin to to descend on us throughout the chorus, but right when you think it's dissipating it's not as the rainy afternoon we've encountered comes at us full throttle by the end.
Dormarion is out April 2nd via Merge. Telekinesis will hit the road in April in support of the new album, and invade The Black Cat right here in Washington, DC on May 6th.