From SF Weekly's latest print edition:
Geographer: While Geographer's Mike Deni isn't given to pretense, he's been known to wax a little philosophical from time to time. One such pearl of wisdom: "You never want to accomplish what you set out to do. That's when you've really failed." Granted, the Jersey transplant was referring to his attempts to reach the "incredibly high standard of synthesizer work" set by Prince. But you get the sense that the guy doesn't exactly let himself off easy.
Deni's been teamed up with like-minded obsessives, cellist Nate Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, both chums from their days at Berklee College of Music, since 2008. In the last three-odd years, the group has become one of San Francisco's best-kept secrets on the back of its hazy, retro-futuristic arrangements of cello, synthesizers, electronic beats, and Deni's heartfelt tenor. The resulting sound invites a whole host of comparisons, with Andrew Bird covering early M83 seeming particularly apt... [continue reading]
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