Is there a better way for Merge to begin celebrating their 20th anniversary than by starting fresh? Yesterday, the label announced the signing of Seattle's Telekinesis, a project fronted by Michael Benjamin Lerner. Telekinesis!, the band's Merge debut, will be released on April 7. The disc was written by Lerner, who also sings and plays almost every instrument on the album, and produced by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Lerner sites as an influence his love of pop from the 60s and 70s, but his songs have no shortage of indie rock immediacy. For Telekinesis!, Walla and Lerner worked to make sure that each song's tracking and mixing was done on the same day to analog tape to preserve that immediacy.
Lerner has a full-band tour in the works to support the album, and you can get a preview of the disc by checking out "Coasts of Carolina" here.