Telekinesis - 24 People Hear New Song “A Place in the Sun” For the First Time in New Video

Effluxion Due Out February 22 via Merge

Feb 15, 2019
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Telekinesis (the project of Seattle-based singer/songwriter/drummer Michael Benjamin Lerner) is releasing a new album, Effluxion, on February 22 via Merge. Earlier this week he shared another new song, "A Place in the Sun," via a video for the song. Kayhl Cooper directed the clip, which features 24 people hearing the song on headphones for the first time. We missed it when it premiered earlier this week and neglected to post it, but are rectifying that now. Watch it below, followed by Telekinesis' upcoming tour dates.

Cooper had this to say about the video in a press release: "This video was filmed in people's personal spaces: their apartment, their workplace, their studio. I told them they could dance or sit still, but they really just had to listen. Having this song in the headphones immediately put them in a completely separate world. I sort of just let the camera run from there."

Previously Telekinesis shared a lyric video for the album's first single, "Set a Course" (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Then he shared another song from the album, "Cut the Quick," via a video for the song featuring Lerner being haunted by a mysterious spirit living in a photograph. It was also one of our Songs of the Week.

Effluxion is Telekinesis' fifth album, the follow-up to 2015's Ad Infinitum. Effluxion comes from the Latin term meaning "to flow." While on previous albums he worked with Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and Spoon's Jim Eno as producers, Lerner self-produced Effluxion, recording it in his basement home studio and playing every instrument. The album was influenced by his time in 2017 as a touring member of Teenage Fanclub, leading him to a more back-to-basics sound as opposed to the drum machine-led Ad Infinitum.

Also, read our 2015 interview with Telekinesis or our 2015 Artist Survey interview with Telekinesis or our 2014 Artist Survey interview with Telekinesis or Lerner's My Favorite Thing post on Flin Flon's A-Ok or our Halloween 2013 Questionnaire with Lerner or the guest post he wrote on the film The Sandlot.

Telekinesis Tour Dates:

Mar 30 Baker City, OR - Churchill Dancehall
Apr 01 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Apr 02 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Apr 04 Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
Apr 05 Davenport, IA - The Raccoon Motel
Apr 06 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Apr 07 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
Apr 08 Chicago, IL - Schubas
Apr 09 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
Apr 10 Detroit, MI - El Club
Apr 11 Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
Apr 12 Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB
Apr 13 Boston, MA - Great Scott
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Apr 16 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Apr 17 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
Apr 18 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room
Apr 19 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Apr 20 Nashville, TN - The Basement
Apr 22 Dallas, TX - Ruins
Apr 23 Houston, TX - Rockefeller's
Apr 24 Austin, TX - 3TEN ACL Live
Apr 26 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
Apr 27 San Diego, CA - Casbah
Apr 28 Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge
Apr 30 San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
May 01 Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
May 02 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
May 03 Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 04 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

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Tow
February 16th 2019
8:05am

If you listen to A Place in the Sun really closely you can learn a lot from the lyrics. You can always tell when you’re listening to a great song when it’s not only enjoyable to hear but also thought provoking.

Andy
February 16th 2019
8:12am

Last year I have put a <a >Western Wall Prayer</a> wishing for this post!