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Telekinesis: Tiny Desk Concert

Set List

  • "Plankton"
  • "Coast of Carolina"
  • "I Saw Lightning"
  • "Rust"

It's a little late in the year to be chasing down a perfect summer soundtrack, but Telekinesis' recent self-titled debut — okay, technically, it's called Telekinesis! — fits the bill. The disc finds the band concocting a perfect mix of guitar-driven crunch and good-natured fizziness, with hooky effervescence that makes it almost ridiculously easy to like.

Reduced to two guys (singer-songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner and guitarist Chris Staples) for this charming Tiny Desk Concert, Telekinesis is all heart here. Without the insistent crunch of electric guitars or drums — Lerner plays the latter himself when not performing acoustic sets at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen — the band's performance radiates sweetly awkward warmth. After opening with the unreleased "Plankton," the abbreviated Telekinesis showcases three gorgeous songs from its debut: "Coast of Carolina," "I Saw Lightning" and "Rust."

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