Geographer Announce New LP ‘Ghost Modern’

Geographer announce new album 'Ghost Modern,' share first single "I'm Ready."

San Francisco-based romantic indie pop outfit Geographer is pleased to announce their upcoming LP release, Ghost Modern, available March 24, 2015 on Roll Call Records. To celebrate the release, the band is making the first single, “I’m Ready,” is  available for streaming.

Additionally, on the heels of their sold-out inaugural 2015 West Coast run of tour dates, Geographer is excited to announce their upcoming Noise Pop performance at Oakland’s Fox Theater onFebruary 27th, as well as a string of March dates highlighted by SXSW.
“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. Here the antagonist appearing throughout the record is ready to give up. Ready to give in. As the guitars begin to bloom and rhythm begins to build, he suddenly finds himself ready to stare into the unknowable depths of existence and to raise his head and look at the world. Look at the people around him.

Another benchmark in the writing process for Ghost Modern appears on “Patience.” Here 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.”

Track List:

01. Intro

02. I’m Ready

03. Need

04. You Say You Love Me

05. Too Much

06. The Guest

07. Read Your Palm

08. The Fire Is Coming

09. Patience

10. Keep

11. Interlude

12. Falling Apart


Tour Dates:
02/27 The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

03/12 The Casbah, San Diego, CA

03/13 Viva Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

03/15 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso, TX

03/16 – 03/21 SXSW, Austin, TX

03/23 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO

03/24 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT

03/25 Neurolux, Boise, ID

03/26 Neumo’s, Seattle, WA

03/27 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA

03/28 Sam Bonds, Eugene, OR

+ w/ K.Flay, Empires, Bells Atlas

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