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NOISE POP 2011 Review: Geographer @ The Independent

What could be more romantic than a cellist? That’s the question I kept asking myself the Independent while watching Geographer. Things got downright intimate last night—I’m surprised the entire crowd wasn’t holding hands by the end of their amazing set.

With the audience swaying to the bubbly, synth-driven melodies of three-man band, singing along to the “ooohs” and “aaahs” prevalent in many of their songs, lead singer Michael Deni’s haunting yet soothing voice led us through a love story that makes you want to cry and smile and sigh all at the same time.

Cellist player Nathan Blaz rocked out hard, his fiery red hair flying everywhere during several musical interludes. The curls of his frayed bowstrings caught the light when slow, smooth movements across the strings followed the band’s heart-pounding breakdowns led by drummer Brian Ostreicher.

Deni, who also plays guitar, bass, keyboard, and synth, humbly expressed his surprise and many thanks to the sold-out house before the band played what appeared to be their last song (and first single), “Kites,” a seriously addicting journey into a foray of playful synth and stellar falsetto that’s both deep and vivacious. By the end of the two-song encore, including the melancholy yet beautiful “Geographer Age,” I was definitely feeling the love.