Geographer has shared his new video for “I’m Ready” -the lead single from his latest LP Ghost Modern. The video follows a little boy wielding a snowglobe and the ballerina inside it. Singer Mike Deni’s vocals soar over the ballerina’s exultant final dance number in the video. Ghost Modern is out now via Roll Call Records.
On the twelve songs comprising San Francisco-based romantic indie pop outfit Geographer’s fourth studio album, Ghost Modern, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Deni creates compositions with synthesizers paired with orchestral arrangements. “I took a great deal of time crafting the songs for this album before arranging them, before blowing them out with swelling sonic textures that might override or overshadow the need to make the song – at its core – the most important thing,” explains Deni.
An almost Freudian attraction to water engulfs the band’s 4th studio album. Deni wrote much of the record driving out to a cliff overlooking the beach in the Presidio of San Francisco and worked on lyrics in the back of his car whenever he found a spare moment. “When I was feeling stuck I would walk down to the bluffs and sometimes down to the water and run lines in my head over and over,” recalls Deni. “The vision of that massive swath of blue, promising so much beneath and revealing so little on the surface, so terrifying but so beautiful, like ourselves. It was a huge image in my mind, it finds its way into a lot of songs, most notably ‘I’m Ready.’”
Having taken the time to meticulously craft the songs on the record proved to be one of Deni’s most difficult and greatest learning experiences. “I’m Ready”, which was the last song written for Ghost Modern, in the end tied everything together.
On the track “Patience.” Deni claims to have written his “first simple song.” “I had all these crazy, circuitous metaphors, and complicated twists in the lyrics as I have a tendency to throw everything I see in front of me into a song,” he confesses. The song was written over the course of an afternoon while standing on a deck of a friend’s house overlooking the ocean while he gazed at the specs of people below temping his companionship in the endless blue ocean of everything and nothing. In the end the song was recorded in one take and its simplicity was greatly encouraged by producer Eli Crews. “For me it was as like surfing on a whale, almost slipping off the whole time, but ultimately its austerity gives an almost effortless truth and beauty to the song.”
“The general theme of the album is picking up where I left off with Myth and saying, great, so life has no discernable meaning or purpose, and your life is a dream. I thought that was the most important thing, to pull back the covers on that situation, on the lies we feast on to keep calm. But the truth is, you’re still stuck here, whether it’s meaningless or not, explains Deni. “I pushed past Post Modernism into something darker, something emptier: Ghost Modernism.”
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