12 Desperate Straight Lines CD (2011)

Artist: Telekinesis

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Product Overview


Label Merge Records/ada
SKU 219422462
UPC 673855039428
UPC 14 00673855039428
Format CD
Release Date 2/15/2011
Author Telekinesis
Associated Artist/Work N.Phect
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Walla
CatalogID MRG394
Lable Name Merge
Released 02/15/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 32m : 31s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00673855039428
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Chris Walla.
Recording information: Jackpot! studio, Portland, OR.
Photographer: Michael Benjamin Lerner.
After working with his friend, producer Chris Walla, on Telekinesis' self-titled debut record, then recording an EP (2010's Parallel Seismic Conspiracies) by himself, Michael Benjamin Lerner decided to go back to work with Walla on the band's second album. While the debut had plenty of good songs, the over-stuffed and slick production sucked some of the air out of the sound. For 12 Desperate Straight Lines, the songs are still there, only this time some of the looseness of the self-produced sessions comes into play, and the end result ends up being a marked improvement. The energy level is higher, the songs are catchier, and it simply feels like a more assured and exciting record. The uptempo tracks like "Please Ask for Help" and "Car Crash" jump out of the speakers in a tangle of amped-up guitars, rumbling bass, and dancefloor-ready drum beats. Even though the mood is somewhat downcast lyrically, with a recent heartbreak being the main topic Lerner writes about, the energy rarely lags. The midtempo tracks in between the rockers have a less folky and more of a post-punk feel this time around. Some, like "Dirty Thing" and "Gotta Get It Right Now" (which sounds like a radio hit waiting to happen with its T. Rex boogie rhythms and singalong chorus) have a light-hearted pop bounce that was missing from the first album and is quite welcome here. On 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Lerner proves himself to be quite adept at creating really good, very energetic, and fun songs that hold together well as a complete listening experience, or which could be spun off as singles, or at least indie rock mixtape staples. ~ Tim Sendra
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.84) - "Darker, more propulsive, and flexing weightier production....There's barely a downcast moment..."
Spin (p.50) - Ranked #12 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "[B]lending crunchy riffs and wistful melodies with the beautiful, cockeyed optimism of youth..."
Alternative Press (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Precise indie-rock tunes with prominent, rumbling basslines dominate..."
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "12 DESPERATE STRAIGHT LINES presses the right sort of power-pop buttons..."
Clash (magazine) - "Even when his songs are lyrically dark, they're sugar-coated with an upbeat high-energy gloss."
Disc 1
1 You Turn Clear In the Sun
2 Please Ask For Help
3 50 Ways
4 I Cannot Love You
5 Dirty Thing
6 Car Crash
7 Palm of Your Hand
8 I Got You
9 Fever Chill
10 Country Lane
11 Patterns
12 Gotta Get It Right Now
Product Attributes
Artist Telekinesis
Label Merge Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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