Konrad – “Evil” – [Ethereal Sequence Record Corp]
Wow. This is the stuff I wait patiently for to come to me to review. Konrad, one Barry Konarik, put together this amazing solo outsider effort of synth pop weirdness in the early 80’s. Hanging outside of Studio 54, he would try to get in and get the Dj’s to play his album. Though periodically let in, the album never hit the Studio 54 turntables, denying the coked out patrons of the disco temple to never twist to this madness. He disappeared, but like all good works like this it achieved cult status. It was not until a review in Waxidermy that Konrad’s whereabouts were revealed…. by himself who responded to the review, with his phone number. People went nuts, calling him constantly. Cut to the chase, Ethereal Sequence Record Corp. who initially put out his album, reformed and rereleased this outsider gem. Konrad revealed he lives in a small town in Idaho and loves it, having left his home of Queens. It is best in Idaho because he can see the stars better there. He is a full on believer in space aliens, our ability to travel through black holes, how we only want to destroy outer space, and how he gets some with his crazy girlfriend. And that is how the lyrics continue. Musically, it is synth driven, drum machine going steady, with his easy vocals telling his story about space, space, SPACE. We still don’t know why he wears a black robe or why the album is called “Evil”. Maybe because of the evil humans will do to the space aliens. Or that Satan’s Knights are coming around creeping forward but he will be the one to stop them. (That last part is in one of his songs.) I put this in my altar alongside The Space Lady and Featherbeard.