TELEKINESIS

Dormarion
(Merge)
recommendedrecommendedrecommended1/2 (out of 5)

There is something a little guilty-feeling about listening to such straightforward indie pop music—you could shop for overpriced high-waisted shorts to this, no problem—but sometimes you just can't deny yourself the catchy. Dormarion is the 12-song third album from pop wizard Telekinesis—Seattle's Michael Benjamin Lerner. Lerner's wobbly/highish vocals are perfectly endearing, and the heaps of melody are right up my alley. At least half the songs on the record ("Empathetic People" and "Wires" especially) hit the drums and pleasing guitar lines hard enough to make Dormarian the right choice for the summer car ride to an adventure or a late-night, tipsy hangout.

The slower, more pared-down tracks on the album are just okay—"Island #4" kind of drags along under the weight of trudging riffs; "Symphony" is a naked little tune, a sincere acoustic love song, which you probably just have to be in the right mood for (post-breakup? Pre-breakup? Ready for bed?).

After some initial skepticism (so digital!), I decidedly dig the dance numbers—"Ever True" bounces along with a snappy drum machine under solemnly catchy hooks, and "Ghosts and Creatures" is a buzzing and tender anthem with a hypnotic drumbeat/egg-shaker combo that keeps the swirling, effects-heavy music afloat. Dormarian is mostly bright and fun, but there is a slight sadness rusted onto the lyrics and vocal melodies—an earnestness projected onto the otherwise upbeat jammers.

Telekinesis's newest may not offer anything too terribly original or groundbreaking, but it's a satisfying sunny-time ponytail-shaker nonetheless. recommended