‘Animal Shapes’ EP with Bonus Remixes
Indie Rock/ Synth Pop
By C.W. Ross
It’s very unfortunate but it seems like a lot of creativity can flow from an artist that’s had to deal with tragedy in their life. That is the case for Geographer founder Michael Deni (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Synths, and Bass) who left New Jersey and headed west to San Francisco after the unexpected deaths of both his sister and father. That tragic background adds a real layer to Geographer’s music that can only come from having lived through such a tragedy.
Deni is joined in the band by Nathan Blaz (Cello, Electronics) and Brian Ostreicher (Drums, Vocals). The band was signed to San Francisco-based Tricycle Records after being selected by SPIN Magazine as one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need to Hear Now.’
Style wise the band’s music blends Indie rock with lots of synth and electronic elements. Michael Deni’s lead vocals bring real life emotion to each song while the wide assortment of electronic noises frames out the lyrics. The addition of cello parts that are rich, yet still retain a haunting edge, add another layer that makes Geographer’s music both fresh and inventive.
I also liked the constant rhythmic sound found on the track “Verona”, which I think was produced by either a muted cowbell or a wood block.
Highlight tracks include, “Kites”, “Verona”, and “Paris.”