In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with his guitar and a synthesizer, turning that tragedy into the songs that would soon become the foundation for Geographer.

With the additions of cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, Geographer spent the next year cutting their teeth in the Bay Area, winning over crowds with the heart-pounding epics that make up their debut record, ‘Innocent Ghosts’.

After being selected one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now’ by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the band signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records, releasing a 7” single for the song ‘Kites’ in October 2009.

‘Animal Shapes’ follows up ‘Kites’, building on the synth-driven aesthetic of the single, while flirting with darker, more esoteric underpinnings. The record merges Geographer’s aptitude for crafting beautiful, haunting melodies with textural sounds and polyrhythmic energy, marking an evolution of their distinct style.

With the overwhelming response to the release of ‘Kites’ and ‘Animal Shapes’, punctuated by a dynamic and engaging live set, the band has already begun to make an indelible mark on the ears of music fans worldwide.


Mike Deni-Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Synths, Bass
Nathan Blaz-Cello, Electronics
Brian Ostreicher-Drums


No shows booked at the moment.


“Playful electronic blips and beeps guide vocalist Mike Deni as he delicately jumps through a lullaby world before encountering a thunderstorm of drums and synthesizers. You’ll want to play this one over and over.” – Jason Jergens, 7X7

‘Geographer is the next ‘ need to know’ SF band. Synth-y, orchestral, moody and melodic, they make a beautiful cocktail of music. The recipe? Take two parts Grizzly Bear and one part New Order, mix well and you’ve got yourself a heady concoction of sound perfect for after hour, late night sessions of…whatever.” –The OCMD

“Deni’s voice, soothing and versatile, might remind some rock audiences of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on muscle relaxers…a celestial experience from start to finish.” –Lumino Magazine

“Tailor-made for your own personal late-night dance party” –SPIN Magazine

“Rarely do we find a song so compelling and so masterfully done that our world briefly revolves around one track as if our minds were put under a crazed spell; It’s really that good.” –Music Under Fire

“If you’ve ever listened to Passion Pit and wished that instead of the helium-induced falsetto at the forefront that some honey-dripped crooner (think Jens Lekman or Owen Pallett) would usurp the vocal duties, then meet Geographer.” –Self-Titled Mag

“I need a restraining order because this song (Kites) is stalking me hard.” –Kick Kick Snare

“Layers of bubbling synths and winding guitars and cellos, and Mike Deni’s haunting vocals ride above the electro-acoustic fracas wonderfully. Simply stunning.” –KQED Mix Tape

“I can’t help feeling uncomfortable with how much I love the song.” – All Things Go




Geographer Animal Shapes EP



Geographer Kites 7″ Vinyl Only


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