An assured fourth album from Seattle-based Telekinesis, Ad Infinitum is gloriously bathed in analogue electronics and features Michael Lerner's trademark knack for infectious power pop melodies of the highest order. Out on Digipak CD and vinyl LP from Merge. LP includes 3 bonus tracks and free download code.
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It’s easy to miss stuff in the modern world. Phil has just informed me that there have already been five seasons of 'Portlandia'. I thought it had only just started. Similarly Telekinesis have already made three albums of which I’ve heard a grand total of none. It turns out that they were a power-pop band but their leader Michael Lerner got bored with that and has done what everyone does around their third or fourth album and turned to the humble synth to get him out of his mire.
Tracks like ‘Sylvia’ sound rather a lot like that time in the ’80s when power-pop bands picked up synths. Shoes third album ‘Boomerang’ proudly boasts “no synths” on the sleeve yet it’s follow up ’Silhouette’ is packed full of them. If this sea change has helped Lerner regain his mojo then it has had the dual impact of making his music sound ploddy. It’s a shame as there are nice little earworms in here like ‘In a Future World’ which has a sweeping chorus but the clunking synths hold it back somewhat. Energy levels are raised as soon as guitars are introduced on ‘Courtesy Phone’ which I’m guessing sounds more like his earlier work.
Tame Impala, Wild Beasts and (soon) Deerhunter have all made synth albums which to these ears are ruined by in vogue production and ‘Ad Infinitum’ is along these lines so I’m never really going to enjoy it. Though if mid ‘80s OMD is your think and you can at least stomach one Owl City song then this could be your thing.
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