Fast Computers – Heart Geometry

Fast Computers – Heart Geometry / 2007 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.thefastcomputers.com /

The synth lines that start out “Sweden Hasn’t Changed, You Have” will undoubtedly remind individuals of The Psychedelic Furs. The fact that the book has pictures from a library further gives individuals an eighties type of feel. The band shifts things up enough that it does not last; a song like “How Many Times” brings Fast Computers into a very plain type of indie rock that has all of the trappings of a nineties track but is couched heavily in the “That Thing You Do” sound of the sixties. Hints of Blur become evident during this track, and while it does not have the distinct electronic sound to the track that the beginning of the disc did, it allows the band to craft a cohesive sound to “Heart Geometry”.

The band moves into troubled territory with “Designs”. The song itself is not annoying or hard to listen to, but the band runs into a problem considering that they have created about three minutes of material for a song that almost stretches to the six minute mark. The band tries valiantly, but it seems as if they come up short with this track. For many individuals, this will be the shut-off point for “Heart Geometry”. The band does not help their cause with the opening of “The Heart of the City”, which starts off at the speed of molasses. While the emotion contained in this track is eventually shown to the listeners, this is almost three minutes in.

Despite the slow tempo of “The Heart of the City” and the lack of material present during “Designs”, Fast Computers have a decent amount of solid tracks on the disc. This allows listeners to stick with the band for most of the CD. While the act will not be able to go forth and really chart with each track on “Fast Computers”, there are a few diamonds in the rough. Keep an eye on Fast Computers and see what they do in the years to come. I have a good feeling that they will be able to draw together their sound and create something much more impressive than the decent fare on “Heart Geometry”. With the same solid production and focus on the arrangements, Fast Computers could very well be able to sneak into the space between a Fischerspooner and a Radiohead. They just do not get to that point during “Heart Geometry”.

Top Tracks: Math Predictions, Invisibility

Rating: 5.0/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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