Telekinesis has just released, possibly, the best album of his career so far, so what better time to catch up with Seattle's must wonderful indie pop one man band? We discussed his recent album Dormarion, the fact that he's not sad anymore and Batman.
Hi Telekinesis! What are you up to at the moment?
Hi there! Currently, we are gearing up for a tour to promote Dormarion! Lots of rehearsing, cliff bar purchasing, and logistical planning!
What was the inspiration behind the record?
During the writing of this record, I got engaged. I think that definitely played a big part on the writing and recording process for me. Mostly, because it was much more fun than the last record. I was just purely in a better mind set.
Dormarion tends to swerve in many different directions - offering up folk, electronica, indie rock and quite an eclectic mix of sounds - did you make a decision for your sound to be that widespread, or did it just happen?
It just happened that way. I just wanted to create a collection of songs that I was proud of. And, even though there are different styles of songs, I still feel like it's a Telekinesis record, pure and simple.
How do you feel your sound has developed since the debut?
I've just gained a whole heck of a lot of confidence. I think when I started I was super naive, and not very confident in my abilities as a songwriter or musician. Four years later, and three records in, I'm pretty amazed that I've accomplished that.
Why did you change your mind about working alone on the album? Did you make a conscious decision to work with someone else or was it one day you just found yourself in a studio with Jim Eno?
I had a conversation with Laura Ballance at Merge about making the record alone, and she said 'man, you will get really bored and lonely right?' and she was absolutely right. I love making records with other people, pure and simple. I am very thankful to Laura for that candid conversation. Thank you Laura!
How did the recording process feel this time compared to your other records?
It was super fun! I just love being in the studio, but working with Jim was special. He's a wonderful guy, but also so talented. And his studio, Public HiFi is the best studio I've ever seen. It was an absolute treat working there!
You've said that you were having a bad time around the release of 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Why was that time difficult for you? Did it have a big impact on the record itself?
I had gotten out of a complex relationship, and was also having phantom health issues that were really annoying and frustrating and keeping me in bed a lot. That made it very difficult to do any work. So, in that way, it did. During that record, and the subsequent touring cycle, I just felt much more angry and less happy. That was a struggle for me.
How have things improved in the last two years? Dormarion is quite a happy record, is that a reflection on you?
Yeah, as I said, I got engaged, and that's a pretty magical brilliant thing. It's impossible to not be happy!
You released your debut album at a pretty young age, and were signed to Merge, such a legendary label, at a young age too. Do you think that affected you as an artist, being so young whilst rubbing shoulders with such established artists?
Most definitely! I've met so many of my heroes, and even gotten to work with them! I never in my wildest dreams would think that anyone would want to work with some indie kid from Seattle, Washington. I am a lucky dude!
Can you ever see yourself expanding the moniker to include a full band?
I don't think so. I toyed with that idea for this record, but in the end, realized that Telekinesis only works in the way that I've done it. I'm excited to work with other people, just not under the name Telekinesis.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Touring! Getting married! Writing!
What albums are you anticipating this year?
I was psyched about the new OMD record, it's really super great! I haven't really looked at the new release schedule yet, to be honest!