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Telekinesis

12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge)

Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., Sept. 16, 2011

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews

Telekinesis

12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge)

The title of Telekinesis' second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, sounds like a recovery program for struggling songwriters. In the past two years, Michael Benjamin Lerner lost his band, van, and the girlfriend that inspired the long-distance romance of Telekinesis' self-titled 2009 debut. His strength lies in the ability to channel such circumstances into power-pop nuggets with a heartfelt immediacy and ear-worm melodies, as in standouts "Car Crash" and opener "You Turn Clear in the Sun." While he's guided by obvious voices – Robert Pollard sideman Jason Narducy handles bass here (see "Palm of Your Hand," "I Got You") – returning producer Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie helps expand Lerner's four-track range. "I Cannot Love You," in particular, boasts a bottom-heavy, glam-rock groove with irresistible swagger. There are throwaways, but 12 Desperate Straight Lines moves Telekinesis in the right direction. (11:45am, Google+ stage)

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