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Telekinesis - Effluxion

by Brian Thompson Rating:8 Release Date:2019-02-22
Telekinesis - Effluxion
Telekinesis - Effluxion

Following 2015’s synth-heavy Ad Infinitum, Telekinesis — the brainchild of Michael Benjamin Lerner — has made its way back to the project’s power pop origins. After spending a year on tour with Scottish indie rock heroes Teenage Fanclub, Lerner has gravitated toward a return to form, trading in flashy electronic grooves for a classic, more guitar-driven sound. Effluxion, the band’s fifth studio album, takes its name from the action of flowing out, an apt title for a record propelled by such an outpouring of emotion and acceptance.

Right from the start, the record sets the stage for a lush pop expedition, beginning with its Beatles-esque title track. Peppy, anthemic ”Cut the Quick” and dreamy surf pop ”Like Nothing” continue the wistful stroll into the summer breeze. Songs like bouncy, sing-song piano jam ”How Do I Get Rid of Sunlight” (which would almost work as the theme song for a children’s television program) and zippy, bar sing-a-long ”Suburban Streetlight Drunk” feel primed for a late-August house party, feeling at once deeply personal and wholly recognizable. Effluxion is often a mood piece, calling upon the playful energy of youth.

But amidst the swaying toe-tappers, Lerner makes sure to crank up the guitars. Transformative ”Set a Course” deceptively begins as an acoustic campfire track but soon explodes into a stadium banger. At his core, Lerner is still a bit of a rowdy frontman, as evidenced by fuzzy, guitar-heavy rockers like ”Feel It In Your Bones.” All the rockstar energy culminates into pop punk daydream ”A Place in the Sun,” a backyard throwdown that adds an upbeat charisma to its grimy exterior without ever completely smoothing over its rough edges.  

From mellow reverie ”Running Like a River” to hopeful, space-age trip ”Out for Blood,” Effluxion functions as a highlight reel, showcasing the best moments from previous Telekinesis releases while still reaching toward the future. The jubilant record boasts catchy earworms and unfaltering optimism, proving to be the project’s most approachable effort to date. It’s been a full decade since Lerner’s spastic self-titled debut, and he doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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