Based on the sweet, upbeat sounds of Seattle-based, pop-infused indie rock band Telekinesis, one might assume that frontman Michael Benjamin Lerner is a die hard romantic. "I wanna care for you when you are all alone / sit inside our house and unplug all our phones," he croons over a strumming acoustic guitar in his song, "I Saw Lightning" off his debut album Telekinesis! This is primo makeout music, people.
But that doesn't mean Telekinesis doesn't know how to rock. On the song "Coast of Carolina," Lerner lulls you in with bare guitar and then kicks it up a notch with thumping, raucous electronic beats. But no matter how loud the music gets, when stripped down, it's about love--from loving a good woman to loving Tokyo.
Lerner is the heart of Telekinesis and earns his indie cred with thick-rimmed glasses and head of shaggy brown hair. Though he tours with a live band, Lerner played drums, guitar and sang on his debut album. Released in 2009, the album has garnered some serious indie cred of its own. It was released by Merge Records (which boasts bands such as Arcade Fire, Spoon and She & Him) and crafted with the help of Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Lovers of indie and lovers of love beware: Telekinesis might just charm you.[ Video is no longer available. ]