Seance Centre with Yoga records reissue : https://www.seance-centre.com/shop/konrad-evil-lp Looks like a similar reissue to the Light in Attic re. Small review follows : Surprisingly strong soulful vocals on this album, possibly heavily influenced by the man Bob Seger? Not as kitchy as one may possibly assume. This is not an Anton Levay circus hits album.
Trying to explain the psyche of Konrad, better known to his adoptive parents as Barry Konarik, is probably as confusing as listening to Evil, his sole album. Barry, a young synchronity-obsessed bedsitter and stargazer, wrote, recorded and produced Evil’s jazzy electro pop all by himself in 1982. He also scraped the money together to release the album and, without any professional distribution, ended up selling the album by himself as well. Legend has it Barry tried, on more than one occasion, to gain entrance to Studio 54, New York’s most famous 80s discos, plugging his album to local DJ’s. It would appear to no avail, even though I often wonder what Studio 54’s happening crowd would have made of the sheer madness of Evil on their dance floor! With an album impossible to locate in stores and without any radio play or promotion, Evil disappeared before it actually surfaced – much like Barry and his alter-ego Konrad. Fast forward 20+ years when the album was posted online as an obscure treasure creating a flurry of positive comments from lovers of privately released outsider strangeness. One of the comments left was actually by Barry himself, listing his phone number and urging people to contact him. As a result the phone lines were jammed for days. And thus, in 2014, in his late 50’s, Konrad re-emerged from the shadows resulting in a re-release, including a bonus single no less, on the American label Light In The Attic. And about high time, as Barry himself proves to be an intriguing person, claiming to be related to Jim Morrison and creating an endearingly odd album featuring strange songs on, as stated to his hometown paper The Boise Weekly, ‘Space, aliens, war and peace, regret and redemption’. What more could one ask for? Add a mesmerizing cover featured Barry posing as his alter-ego Konrad, in full regalia, including what looks like a fake goatee and a nun’s dress, staring at the innocent observer and you’ve got something very special. Musically, Evil gets curiouser and curiouser with its off kilter rhythm boxes, cheesy synthesizer sounds and quirky melodies. Some may have discarded Evil, Barry’s sole album under his Konrad monnicker, as a light weight curio, but to these ears, there is something about Evil: maybe it is Barry’s innocence, which is so prevalent in music, lyrics and packaging. Barry himself is equally fascinated: ‘Something happens to people when they listen: they say it sucks and after a couple of listens they come around and say it is really very good’. And that is perhaps the core of Evil.