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Albums Of The Week: Geese | Projector

Five Brooklyn teens emerge from their basement studio with a strunning post-punk masterpiece that contains echoes of Television, Strokes, Vampire Weekend & more.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Geese are a band that begins and ends in Brooklyn, as a project between high school friends to build a home studio out of a basement. Their debut album Projector is born from the same ambition: To make music by any means necessary. They began recording together with sneakers as mic stands and blankets draped over the amps, working in the afternoons and evenings after school, right up until they ran the risk of noise complaints. As a result, Projector is as much a moment in time as it is an album.

“The opening riff on Projector was the first thing we ever wrote for the record,” frontman Cameron Winter says. “When the song was finished, it became a jumping-off point for the rest of the album. We liked it because it was something decidedly different from the music we had been writing up to that point. Though we didn’t know it then, it’s fitting that Projector became the title track on the record; it’s the song that ushered in the album’s sound.”

Recently, they signed a record deal, so they are thinking about moving on from sneaker-laden mics and blanketed amps, but their musical ethos has not changed a bit. Curiously alien, yet strangely familiar, Projector is a product of five teenagers whose love of music touches every part of their lives: Their restless anxiety about their futures and their pent-up frustration with their present — a perspective all too familiar in today’s uncertain world. Perhaps, then, it only makes sense that the figure on the album cover was born from a dream: Curiously alien, yet strangely familiar.”

Photo by Daniel Topete.