Starting off with a nice piano rift, “Summer of My Discontentment” immediately pulls listeners in with an easy to listen to rhythm. The vocals come in strong, carrying the song as it starts to pick up in melody. There’s a certain aesthetic of being young again, of just wanting to get away, like a soundtrack you might find in ‘Paper Towns’. The music paints a picture of youthful summers, being with friends, but also wondering if there’s something more to life. Simpler times, yet knowing that everything is still a possibility and the reality of adulthood hasn’t quite set in. We come to a bridge around mid song, where the sound starts to calm down a bit before coming in even stronger with larger drum sounds and beautiful backing vocals. The music video also plays into the nostalgia, as well as the 80’s sounding synth noises, by giving us photogenic scenes of young people just enjoying life and the confusion that comes along with it. Overall, the song and video both bring listeners back to a time when life was easy and difficult at the same time…and enjoying it was all that could be done.
Los Angeles-based musician Geographer will tour North America this spring with special guest Manatee Commune. The tour kicks off on May 17 and includes shows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, D.C, New York, Atlanta, and more. All upcoming shows are listed below. In anticipation of the upcoming tour, Geographer shared the official video for “Summer Of My Discontentment” from the recently released New Jersey EP. The video, which was directed by Patrick Mattes, can be viewed at YouTube. About the video, Mattes says, “Geographer’s ‘Summer Of My Discontentment’ is a music video about the moments in between. This video was shot over the course of a day and a half with four friends running around greater Los Angeles. We wanted this video to be an organic representation of adolescence, growing up, and the moments that help define us as human beings. To keep the filming aspect of this video as organic as possible, we shot everything with a documentary style. Allowing the friends to exist in a space and capturing moments that made them unique.”
The New Jersey EP, which is available here and can also be streamed at Spotify, reflects this time of Mike Deni’s youth in New Jersey and explores the themes of the hopes and aspirations of the young and how they become refracted as we move towards them.
Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Geographer is the moniker for Mike Deni’s American synth pop/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), and Ghost Modern (2015). Along with three EPs: Animal Shapes (2010), Endless Motion (2015), and Alone 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.
Geographer Tour Dates:
05.17 – Everett, WA @ Fisherman’s Village Festival
05.18 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
05.20 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
05.21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05.22 – Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa
05.23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
05.30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Rio Grande Concert Series
06.02 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
06.04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06.05 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
06.06 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06.07 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
06.09 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
06.10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
06.12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
06.13 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
06.14 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06.17 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
06.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan Lounge
06.21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
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