If the Beach Boys and The Cure started a garage pop band, it would probably sound like Telekinesis. Admitting to being inspired by The Cure’s “dirty bass lines,” Michael Benjamin Lerner attempted to evoke the “weird lust of a seedy bar on a Saturday night.”
His sophomore release 12 Desperate Straight Lines clocks in at just over 30 minutes, but each track demonstrates perfection. Lerner describes track 3, “50 Ways,” as “the most complicated song I’ve ever written.” It’s a song about the anger and frustration of seeing your ex everywhere you go after your breakup.
This album came at a messy time in Lerner’s life. After a few months off, Lerner headed back to the studio again with producer Chris Walla. They chose to stick to recording on analog tape, giving the album warmth. It’s the perfect remedy for your winter woes.