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If Michael Benjamin Lerner has given us nothing more than an opportunity to nudge the word “effluxion” into the common vernacular, it is still a crowning cultural achievement. To truly appreciate this minor linguistic marvel, you need to say the word out loud—do this right now, wherever you are; it’s worth the stares. It comes from the Latin term meaning “to flow,” and pronouncing it is the closest you will ever come to feeling like you’re in an episode of ​Star Trek.

But he has given us much more than that. The fifth full-length album he’s recorded as ​Telekinesis​​ is perfect, unfussy power pop—romantic and hopeful and skittish and fresh and familiar, with hooks in all the right places. He called the album ​Effluxion​​ because he too found the word a little alien when he first heard it in passing, but it also captured the spirit in which the album was made. “I looked it up and it felt really indicative of the way this record ended up working,” he says. “Everything just started kind of flowing out.”

After Lerner largely traded guitars and drums for moodier synthesizers and drum machines on 2015’s ​Ad Infinitum​—more OMD than GBV—Scottish indie-pop gods Teenage Fanclub invited Lerner on board as a touring member in 2017. In addition to this being genie-lamp wish fulfillment for a devoted acolyte (see: Telekinesis’ cover of “The Concept” and also pretty much everything Telekinesis has ever recorded), playing those songs every night with his heroes brought him back to known pleasures.

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