Published Jun 17, 2015It apparently took a sonic shake-up to get there, but Seattle-based singer-songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner has announced another full-length from his long-running project, Telekinesis. The outfit's Ad Infinitum apparently features a more synth-driven sound, and it sees release September 18 through longtime label Merge.
A press release explains that Lerner had been faced with a bout of writer's block in the early stages of crafting the album. While working from his home studio, he allegedly realized he'd maxed out the power-pop direction of his first three records, the last of which being 2013's Dormarion.
He explained in a statement: "I went down to the basement 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."
Vintage synthesizers and drum machines helped the indie artist steer himself back in the right direction. Though a full tracklisting has yet to appear, the set includes a number of songs that made use of old-school musical equipment. A download code that comes with the vinyl edition of Ad Infinitum will give listeners bonus tracks "Clickity-Clack," "Froom" and a demo of "Falling (In Dreams)."
Telekinesis revealed its first tease from the record today through Seattle radio station KEXP. Down below, you'll find a stream of Ad Infinitum's synthy "In a Future World," as well as an album trailer.
A North American tour starts this October and includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. You'll find the date and venue specifics below as well.
10/01 Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
10/02 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10/03 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10/05 Arcata, CA - Humboldt Brews
10/06 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10/07 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10/09 San Diego, CA - Casbah
10/10 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
10/12 Dallas, TX - Three Links
10/13 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
10/14 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ (Indoor)
10/16 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
10/17 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10/18 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room
10/19 Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/20 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10/21 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10/23 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10/24 Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
10/25 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10/27 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
10/28 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10/29 Madison, WI - The Frequency
10/30 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
10/31 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
11/02 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
11/03 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
11/05 Nampa, ID - Flying M Coffee
11/06 Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
11/07 Seattle, WA - Neumos