Synth-Pop Artist Geographer Returns With New Single “I Don’t Remember It Starting”
March 17, 2023 BY Claire Julian
Synth-pop luminary Geographer returns with the catchy new single, “I Don’t Remember It Starting.” The track seamlessly blends nostalgic 80’s beats with the pitch-perfect falsetto Mike Deni has become known for. The track is the first release since his 2021 album, Down and Out In The Garden Of Earthly Delights.
To go with the song, Deni also shares a David Byrne/Bowie-esq official video. He explains, “This video probably looks like a guy dancing in front of a TV wall playing a 90s art film, and it is! But in my mind it’s much more than that. I had a whole character I was playing who was modeled quite loosely off David Bowie’s character in The Man Who Fell To Earth. It kind of happened by accident as I was coming up with the visual concept for the song. I knew I wanted to do something similar to a photo I had seen from the film. And the lyrics of the song are a sort of crazed instruction manual for how to live to the utmost absurdity within the bounds of what is considered normal. Every action I list is socially acceptable when accompanied by context, but utterly absurd on its own. So then, with images of Bowie’s alien blending, but never fully integrating, into society, a character started to crystallize in my mind of either an alien or a god. And this alien/god is observing humanity on his little TV screens and plugging the data into a device that then synthesizes a printout consisting of unintelligible answers to life’s mysteries, which he unceremoniously mails to some poor schmuck who is the protagonist of another song.”
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Formed in San Francisco, Geographer is the moniker for now Los Angeles-based artist Mike Deni. Part social scientist, part troubadour, if Geographer is an expert at anything, it’s precisely chronicling life’s imperfections. He has headlined many national tours, played Outside Lands, Firefly, Treefort, and other festivals, released two critically acclaimed albums, and performed with such musical luminaries as K.Flay, The Flaming Lips, Young The Giant, Tycho, Ratatat, Betty Who, and Tokyo Police Club.