"Double Night Time" is the new album from Morgan Geist and his first solo artist album in over a decade. After turning the dance music world on its head with his Metro Area project (alongside collaborator Darshan Jesrani) and mining rare disco gems with the seminal obscure disco DJ mix Unclassics (2004), Geist decided it was time to turn his attention to a solo album that would indulge his own early influences and guilty pleasures: techno-pop, prog rock and pure electronic music. While "Double Night Time" is very much a solo flight, made during a challenging period in which dark personal themes inflected the compositions, Geist collaborated with friend and fellow new wave traveler Jeremy Greenspan for the vocal tracks on the album. An ardent fan of Jeremy’s band Junior Boys, Geist knew the vocalist would be perfect as a sympathetic collaborator; indeed, having remixed Junior Boys “The Equalizer” in 2006, he already knew what it was like working with Greenspan’s voice in the studio. Greenspan also co-wrote one of the tracks on the album, “City of Smoke and Flame.” Instrumentally, the orchestra Geist employs is decidedly more Yellow Magic than philharmonic: unlike his Metro Area project or the disco music he DJs all over the world, a conscious decision was made to design an album that was almost purely electronic outside of human vocals, with classic synthetic sound design and arrangements. Geist wanted Double Night Time to be the sound of one person making music in a studio, programming a private world, recapturing the lonely and romantic sentiments associated with his formative music-making experiences. And while the conceit of a producer-as-one-man-band is well-worn in today’s digital world, Geist felt he could do it differently, aiming for the compositional richness, subtlety and dynamics of an era when artists took their time, had bigger studio budgets and a more attentive listening public.
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City of Smoke and Flame