The Fast Computers were born out of strife. Jennifer Fox assailed Peter Dean with mixed tapes of The Buzzcocks, ABBA, Serge Gainsbourg and Morrissey; Peter volleyed back with cds of Pulp, ELO, Spiritualized and a complete Queen anthology. After their incredulity with each other's musical taste subsided, a begrudging truce evolved into an ambitious plot to merge their disparate musical pedigrees into a sound with a life all its own under the moniker Fast Computers.
While Peter was always the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Fast Computers universe, he had yet to convince the rest of the world of his singular greatness. One hundred songs later, however, Jennifer was a convert and soon strangers would join suit.
Oregon's legendary mists soon brought to flower the Fast Computers final members, seasoned Portland synthesist and guitarist Brenna Sheridan and bassist Andrew Stern.
Now as evenly balanced as the quadratic equation, the Fast Computers set out on a massive 16-month recording project spanning half a dozen west coast studios and twice as many engineers. Mixed by Tony Lash (Elliot Smith, Stars of Track and Field, The Dandy Warhols) and mastered by Jeff Stuart Salzman (Death Cab for Cutie, Stephen Malkmus, Sleater-Kinney), Heart Geometry is the Fast Computer's first full-length recording.
“Electronic music with calculated beats, programmed sequences and digital production. The syncopated rhythms and interlocking melodies on Fast Computers' first album, Heart Geometry, fit tightly together as though perfectly measured. Song titles like "Math Predictions" and "Gravity/Love" further betray the band's interest in the mathematical. But the group also uses math to trace intricate musical patterns and ornate designs, using vintage equipment to craft a sound that feels more analog than digital. The album opens with "Sweden Hasn't Changed, You Have" and a minimal, pinball-like loop that explodes into a swirl of carnival-esque synth washes evocative of Low-era Bowie, but without the dark undertones. The melody itself is powerful, haunting and stark, but it also seems organic and natural, a perfect opening to one of the year's most satisfying releases.”
-National Public Radio (NPR), Song of the Day
"One of this year's best local releases is Heart Geometry, the debut long-player from Fast Computers. It only takes one song, the fascinating opener 'Sweden Hasn't Changed, You Have,' to see that this trio is not messing around. Balancing human warmth with icicle-cold keyboards is a tricky act, and Fast Computers pull it off with the greatest of ease... Heart Geometry props itself up not with the easy nostalgia of quaint new-wave revivalists, but instead by delicately spacing each song with tempered vocals and open-ended instrumentation. The result is an absolutely gorgeous record..."
"...adding flourishes of instrumental color to compositions that owe equal debt to previous Portland acts such as Quasi and more recognizable dance-pop forebears such as New Order and Soft Cell."