The Catalyst

Geographer

Live in the Atrium

Geographer

There's Talk

Sat, September 29, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$15 in advance / $18 at the door

Off Sale

This event is 16 and over

Geographer
Geographer
Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Geographer is the moniker for Mike Deni's American synthpop/indie rock band. Deni has described his sound as being "soulful music from outer space" using analog, electronic, and acoustic elements to craft dense layers and unique sound textures. As Geographer, Deni has released three full-length albums, Innocent Ghosts (2008), Myth (2012), andGhost Modern (2015). Along with three EPs: Animal Shapes (2010), Endless Motion (2015), andAlone Time (2018).

Deni relocated to San Francisco from New Jersey, after living with the aftermath of the sudden and tragic death of his sister, and then the equally unexpected death of his father a year later. While sleeping on the floor of his friends' apartment in the Haight, Deni found a synthesizer on the street and began to channel both his grief and his optimism into the songs that would become Innocent Ghosts. This theme would continue through all his music, which pits intense and emotionally probing lyrics with momentous and soaring arrangements, often featuring electric cello. The Animal Shapes EP put Geographer on the map and launched his career. Since that release, Geographer has headlined multiple national tours, performed at festivals such as Outside Lands and Firefly and toured with musical luminaries such as K.Flay, The Flaming Lips, Young The Giant, Tycho, Ratatat, Betty Who, and Tokyo Police Club.

In 2018 Deni gave up his apartment in San Francisco and hopped between tours and friends' couches for the next 6 months, spending a month in his hometown in NJ, and a few weeks in Italy, where both sides of his family are from, before relocating to Los Angeles. During that time of shiftlessness, in limbo between his old and new life, Deni wrote the songs that would become the New Jersey EP. Many of the songs began in NJ in his childhood home and were finished in Los Angeles at his friend's house while looking for an apartment. "Summer of My Discontentment" and "Love is Wasted in the Dark" are the first pieces of music written during that time to be released by Deni and explore the notions of origin, nostalgia, and the metamorphosis of the dreams of the young.
There's Talk
There's Talk
"Bathed water moon” is the Oakland based electronic dream trio’s much-anticipated sophomore release, and the first inclusion of collaborators Kellen Balla and Young Lee. Quickly garnering comparisons to dream pop leviathans Beach House and M83 as well as the eclectic genre-melding affinities of Sufjan Stevens and Porches, the four-song EP effortlessly navigates the hazy space between propulsive electronic beats and crystalline dream pop. Olivia Lee’s ethereal, hushed vocals mesh with hazy shoegaze guitars and swirling synths in a lush tapestry of sonic saturation.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/