In the six years that have passed since Telekinesis (aka Michael Benjamin Lerner) burst onto the indie-power-pop scene in 2009, a lot has changed – both within the band, and without. A rotating cast of supporting members, both for touring and recording purposes, have come and gone – but the project remains solely driven by Michael and his dedicated work ethic.
With each subsequent album – 2011’s 12 Desperate Straight Lines and 2013’s Dormarion – subtle shifts in his power-pop formula emerged; the former saw Flin Flon influenced bass-fuzz taking center stage while the later featured a bevvy of synth-lead tracks.
In the starkly lit, black and white teaser embedded above, Michael is seen throughout the process of recording the new atmospheric and synth-heavy record – a natural approach to building buzz, as his studio and equipment have been a big focus of his online presence since the record’s inception. It has been fascinating to get a glimpse into Michael’s creative process in such a way as not to spoil too much about the record, but still feel somehow involved – be it via catching glimpses of a new sampler acquisition or even just what records he has been spinning.
About the record’s new direction, Michael said:
“I went down to the basement,” Lerner recalls, “and started playing the same chords I always play… I just felt like I’d exhausted everything I knew. I was not excited at all. I just could not make another power-pop album.”
If you’d like to hear the first full-length single from Ad Infinitum, you can head on over to the KEXP blog to check out “In A Future World” now.
Ad Infinitum will land at your local record store this September via the infinitely-reliable Merge Records. The band will also be touring through Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern on October 25th, 2015 – alongside SAY HI.
Thoughts about the new direction Telekinesis has taken? Make sure to toss ’em in the comments below!