Release Date: Sep 30, 2008
Record label: Environ
At the outset, Double Night Time might be met with some degree of slight, partially greed-related aggravation. Morgan Geist's first true solo album since 1997's lost classic The Driving Memoirs, nearly half of it is made from previously released material, and its featured vocalist is Jeremy Greenspan, whose Junior Boys -- more so than ever here -- are stylistic peers. It could be speculated that, several years removed from peaking in notoriety with the Metro Area full-length, Geist wanted to make a Junior Boys album, yet the seed for this set was more likely planted with "Ghost Trains.
Morgan Geist has had a long, respected career lurking around the edges of electronic music. He's never quite fit in anywhere in particular but still managed to find niches in disparate scenes and sounds through his reworking of 80s R&B influences filtered through the icy synthetic soul of classic Detroit techno. His work as half of Metro Area still stands up as some of the most timeless electronic music of the past decade, and fans of that material will be happy to hear that this solo outing continues along those lines.
Morgan Geist is lost. The New Jersey native has spent his entire career refining the pulse of early ’80s Detroit. Whether it was releasing material under his own name or as half of the lauded duo Metro Area, producing and remixing for contemporaries, or running the Environ label, Geist has kept busy in an effort to keep his passion profitable. But as a veteran of the electronic scene with a reputation built largely on two albums from 1997 (The Driving Memoirs) and 2002 (Metro Area), Geist has the common predicament of struggling to stay afloat amid a dying industry.