Merge welcomes Telekinesis!

On April 7, 2009, we will release the debut album from Seattle’s Telekinesis entitled Telekinesis!. Telekinesis is the project of Michael Benjamin Lerner. Michael recorded Telekinesis! at Two Sticks Audio in Seattle with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Tegan and Sara). Michael wrote and sang all of the songs and played nearly all of the instruments on the album, but tours with a full band that includes David Broecker (guitar), Jonie Broecker (bass, keyboards), and Chris Staples (guitar).

Influenced both by the carefully constructed timeless pop of the 60s and 70s and by the nonchalance and brevity of classic indie rock, Walla and Lerner approached the recording of Telekinesis! with the goal that each song’s tracking and mixing would be done to analog tape in a single day, and that they would never look back.

Seattle’s The Stranger says, “Lerner has an ear for bright, easy, slightly retro pop hooks, and his songs take unexpected, off-kilter turns.”

Telekinesis will hit the road in late February with Ra Ra Riot and plan to tour throughout 2009 with appearances at Noise Pop and SXSW.

Tour Dates:

2/21 – Vancouver, BC / Richard’s on Richards *
2/24 – Portland, OR / Doug Fir *
2/25 – Seattle, WA / Neumos *
2/27 – San Francisco, CA / Independent (Noise Pop!) *
2/28 – Los Angeles, CA / El Rey Theatre *
3/1 – La Jolla, CA / UCSD – The Loft *
3/2 – Costa Mesa, CA / The Detroit Bar *

+ w/ David Bazan
* w/ Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands

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