An album of childlike wonder and mental anguish all rolled into one. Not really sure what to make of this, kind of like a cross between Daniel Johnston and a Harmony Korine movie. Fastest is Tobin Konrad, a middle-aged guy from San Francisco, or Redondo Beach, who relies on programmed drum tracks and 80's synth notes made from a Yamaha keyboard. The San Francisco record shop Aquarius Records first reported on Fastest music when several CD-Rs were anonymously dropped off on their doorstep. The CD-Rs already had bar codes and an ASCAP logo laser-printed on them, apparently Konrad is very prepared to have his music licensed for sampling and soundtracks so he can begin to collect royalty payments. Cheesy video game synth lines (think Atari game system) propel most of the song's melodies while a standard 4/4 drum beat keeps time. Konrad occasionally turns his programmed beats loose, creating a chaotic vortex of percussive cacophony, like on the album's namesake "Theme". He talk sings in a low breathy voice that resembles what a death metal vocal track would sound like before effects are added. Fastest also contains some classical guitar intros and interludes, as on "The Wind, intimating an idiot-savant James Blackshaw. YouTube videos show Konrad lip-synching into the camera while displaying close-ups of his Fastest CD covers/track lists or exploring San Francisco attractions (Coit Tower, Financial District, the Employment Development Department, MUNI buses).
Below is his facebook info page. He's got his own thing going on: