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Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Mike Haydock
Mike Haydock 19 February at 09.00
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Urgent and barbed!

Michael Lerner set out to record the follow-up to ‘Telekinesis!’ having lost his band and his muse – he had split from the partner who inspired that debut’s yearning lyrics. So he holed himself up to write, bought a bass to complement his guitar strums, and then set off to record again with Death Cab’s Chris Walla. The result, recorded straight to tape, is urgent and barbed, as though the songs have poured from him in moments of teeth-grinding frustration. Lerner’s pop sensibility is still there, but now buried beneath distortion and throbbing bass, making this an intriguing, if not entirely welcoming, listen.

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