Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Record label: Modern Art
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Eclectic electro-indie pop alchemists Geographer build on the appeal of their 2008 full-length debut Innocent Ghosts and buzzworthy 2010 Animal Shapes EP with Myth, their first album since signing to the Modern Art label. Animal Shapes attracted "artist to watch" coverage by SPIN and Paste magazines as well as MTV for its unique blend of electronics, strings, and bandleader Mike Deni's gentle, almost operatic vocals, an approach that continues with Myth but matures thanks to its more experimental song structures and more contemplative lyrics. As Deni reflects on loss and heartbreak, he and bandmates cellist/electronics player Nathan Blaz and drummer/singer Brian Ostreicher craft layers of electronic textures and guitar/drum arrangements into a collection of exuberant, grand songs that belie their depth of emotion.
“There’s nothing we can do / We were born to die fools.” So goes the chorus of “Lover’s Game”, the best song on the kaleidoscope of a record that is Myth. The lyric does capture the youthful, carefree effervescence that so defines the game of love, but in a way it speaks volumes to the members of Geographer. There is a sort of devil-may-careness to their music; not in a lack of artistic interest, but rather a free-spirited approach to songwriting.
In December, the world got its first taste of new sounds from Geographer‘s first full-length on Modern Art Records through the lead single “Life of Crime”. The song serves as MYTH’s opening track, unpacking the oversized synthesizers, making it clear that there’s something a bit different about this group. Although they sound bigger, they’re still relative newcomers aiming for the understated, shying away from the carefree songs that made up 2010’s much-loved Animal Shapes EP.