"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.
through life. I also just don't want to sing or perform a song that doesn't mean something to me. Hey, I'm Geographer, and you're watching Baeble Music. Hey, I'm Geographer and I'm going to play the first single from my new EP, and it's called, "Read My Mind. " It's about a desire for simplicity that is impossible, but seems like it could be in a relationship. Baby, I could be a lesson I know that you could take me down right under your tongue Maybe we don't need to test it And I could just let my mind, and let my heart just roll If you could read my mind You could be happy all the time No feeling left behind You could believe it all tonight If you could read my mind Baby, I don't need a lesson I just want to let this ride until I know you're mine And cowards are calling me to listen They just want to leave it up to chance or let it lie If you could read my mind You could be happy all the time No feeling left behind You could believe it all tonight If you could read my mind If you could read my mind If you could read my mind Sometimes this life, it goes so fast But you and me baby, we were built to last You don't know Living for the future, running from the past All we ever do is the best we can You don't know If you could read my mind Sometimes this life, it goes so fast But you and me baby, we were built to last You don't know That was one of the last ones that I wrote for the EP. I think it was the second to last one that I wrote, because as the EP was going on, it was constantly changing, because it was like, "Okay, these are the best songs. " And then it's like, "Oh, but this one really fits," or like, "this one really trumps that one. " So, "Read My Mind" was one of those, where when I wrote it, I immediately knew this has a lot of impact. It was kind of a beautiful idea of just, what if we just understood each other? - Yeah. All right. This next song's called, "So Low," and I guess it's just about when lots of things are going your way, but you still feel that weight of life and you don't know why. So, it's a pretty simple song and here it is. Everything I have is broken All the promises are hollow Everything I make gets stolen And every good day's just borrowed I can't get much higher But still I feel so low I'm high as a kite, babe So why do I feel so low? I can see my house from here But I'm looking for my home I'm dancing on the ceiling, but it feels just like the floor I'm high as a kite, babe So why do I feel so low? Why do I feel so low? Everything I see is golden And everyone but me can hold it It's 3:00 and the bars are closing But my heart is still wide open I can't get much higher But still I feel so low I'm high as a kite, babe So why do I feel so low? I can see my house from here But it doesn't look like my home I'm dancing on the ceiling, but it feels just like the floor I'm high as a kite babe So why do I feel so low? Why do I feel so low? Low I used to believe How did I get so low? I used to be dreaming How did I get so low? I got what I needed Why do I feel so low? I'm down on my knees How did I get so Low, low, low Low, low, low Low, low Why do I feel so low? Why do I feel so low? Why do I feel so low? Thank you. It's surprising how sometimes things that worked great in the studio, just don't transfer to the stage. So then I rely on my band a lot to bring their ideas to the table and we kind of craft the live show around that, going from the basis that I really do like it to sound, more or less, like the album. But as the years go on, I get more and more open to prioritizing the live experience, rather than, "Okay, let's make sure it sounds exactly like this. " And then, I started writing, "So Low," and it was one of those songs that just came out. And that one's about just what I've been describing of the two and a half years of just sort of feeling horrible, but really for no good reason. Just kind of being tired of that. It's just like, why? Why? I wake up, I look out the window, I feel sad. What's the point of that? You're alive, there's a hillside. It's like, what's the big deal? Let's go for it. All right. This song is called, "I'm Ready. " It's like, the lead single off my last album. An eye for an island And a kingdom for your soul If we truly are in love with living Then you have got to let it go You've been staring at the ocean Like it's a language you could learn But the truth is it's a cruel gift Turn around and we'll watch it burn Because I'm ready now I'm ready now Listen to reason Not the reasons that they give I am getting tired of guessing I am ready to live I know we're going nowhere And it feels like it's all a waste But the truth is just as useless We will cover it in our way Because I'm ready now I'm ready now Because I'm ready now I'm ready now Right? I think we're...yeah. - We have things constantly, instantly, all the time, and we like that. And if you hold onto something and your hands are full, and you can't grab something else. So, if you have a song that lasts too long in your heart and makes you think about it too much, then you don't have room for the next thing. It's a studio apartment. That's a pop song. It's great. It's cool. There's a loft, there's big windows. Or you can walk through a house with a big hallway with many doors that you can go into. I think Paul Simon's music, Prince's music, Michael Jackson's music has tons of doors that you can go in, so you can experience the songs over and over and over again, in completely different ways, and I want to try to find a way to bring that back to the modern age, because I don't think it's that crazy of an idea. "I'm Ready" was the last one we played, and that one was the first single off Ghost Modern, and that was one that was born from staring at the ocean, as if it was a language I could learn, so. I'm high as a kite, babe So why do I feel so low? Why do I feel so low?
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.