Geology.  It was one of those subjects I hated in High School and will probably never really get.

It also happens to be the solo project of Greg Jehanian, the totally wickedly sweet bassist from mewithoutYou.  If you know me or have read much of this blog, you know that I consider mewithoutYou to be one of the few nearly-perfect bands out there.  I say that half-facetiously, but one of the main reasons I really dig mewithoutYou is Greg’s ability to craft powerful bass lines that can carry a song.  If you don’t get what I’m saying, just listen to “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” or “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains” from their latest album Brother, Sister.  I could go on and on about how great his bass lines are, but I’ll try to contain myself.  If you’re into jazz, just think of him as a Louis Armstrong as opposed to a Dizzy Gillespie.  Dizzy may get more notes in, but Louis hits the few he hits at exactly the right time.

Anyway, Greg is awesome on bass, so it came as no surprise to me that his solo stuff was just as good.

I found Geology maybe 8 or 9 months ago, because someone commented about Greg’s side project on The Blah Blah.  But back then it was known as The Tourist.  I’m not sure why Greg changed the name, but I’m getting used to it finally.  Up until maybe a month ago, every time I wanted to listen to some of his songs, I’d look for The Tourist and stare at my computer going, “Man, did my hard drive fail or something?!  The songs are totally gone!”

The songs by Geology are some of my favorites I have on my hard drive.  It’s a good mix of acoustic guitar-based indie rock and alt-folk, with catchy pop overtones (Did I trick you into thinking I know what I’m talking about?).  It’s just good music that makes me happy.  The songs are generally up-beat, but not in a pop-rock sense, and the lyrics are very well written and interesting, even if I can’t figure out what they’re all about.

I don’t really know what else to say, and I don’t feel like writing much more.  If I don’t stop now, I’ll just keep sounding more and more like a tweener girl talking about Hannah Montana, so I’m gonna close it up here.

Have fun with these two songs, and pray that Greg keeps making music so I don’t go insane:

Golden Morning – Download – Stream
The Deepest Blue – Download – Stream

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