"Music is the way I move through life". It's a telling declaration that popped right out of the edit when we were combing through footage from a session with West Coast outfit, Geographer. Since leaving New Jersey, Mike Deni has carefully chipped away at his musical legacy. He's been at it for over a decade. And after thrilling us with a batch of songs from a soon-to-be-released EP, it's safe to say we'll be able to check in on Geographer a decade from now and still hear an exciting sonic world in which to plunge into.
During a recent visit to the Baeble Studio, Deni and his band presented 3 elegant cuts: "Read My Mind" and "So Low", from his upcoming EP and "I'm Ready", which he released in 2015. Flanked by a guitarist, drummer, and cello player, Geographer's songs are a wash of melody and emotion...be sure to press your eyes tight and take it all in. Deni also spoke openly about some of the inspirations (both of the light and dark variety) that filter through his songs, as well as drops one of the coolest metaphors for pop music we've heard in quite some time on our crew. It's really enlightening stuff...we're excited for you to dig into this NEXT Session.
In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with his guitar and a synthesizer, turning that tragedy into the songs that would soon become the foundation for Geographer.
With the additions of cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, Geographer spent the next year cutting their teeth in the Bay Area, winning over crowds with the heart-pounding epics that make up their debut record, 'Innocent Ghosts.
After being selected one of three 'Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the band signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records, releasing a 7 single for the song 'Kites in October 2009.
'Animal Shapes follows up 'Kites, building on the synth-driven aesthetic of the single, while flirting with darker, more esoteric underpinnings. The record merges Geographers aptitude for crafting beautiful, haunting melodies with textural sounds and polyrhythmic energy, marking an evolution of their distinct style.
With the overwhelming response to the release of 'Kites and 'Animal Shapes, punctuated by a dynamic and engaging live set, the band has already begun to make an indelible mark on the ears of music fans worldwide.