Broken Spindles

Inside/Absent

Broken Spindles - Inside/Absent

2005 | Saddle Creek 

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    INSIDE / ABSENT (DIG)

    08/23/2005

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    INSIDE / ABSENT

    08/23/2005

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Inside/Absent Review

Broken Spindles was initially realized as a side project for The Faint bassist Joel Peterson. A self-titled debut appeared in 2001, on which Broken Spindles offered what was essentially a cross between soundtrack material and The Faint. Electro-new wave textures and beeps maneuvered to make the album enjoyable, especially for indie rock in 2001, even if it wasn't particularly memorable.

With 2004's Fulfilled: Complete, Broken Spindles moved more toward The Faint's territory, adding vocals to the mix while still offering a more subdued, soundtrack-esque version of Peterson's main gig. The second album presented Spindles' dual concerns: melodic, moody electro-scapes on the one hand, and new wave-techno (a la The Faint) on the other. Inside/Absent doesn't stray too far from this equation, although this album appears to be a little more aware of the dichotomy. The songs vary, almost within a pattern, back and forth between muted electro and driving dance tracks. You're tempted to read the interaction of these two styles as a sophisticated dialogue between Broken Spindles' two influences, particularly because each type of song contains obvious elements of the other. Eventually the two sides meet, creating a broader, more mature album than we've yet seen from Broken Spindles.

While it still kind of sounds like material that Peterson has been tinkering around with while not occupied by his other band, Broken Spindles is at very least intriguing for fans of The Faint. - Cory O'Malley

All Music Guide Review

The third album from Broken Spindles -- the solo project of the Faint's Joel Petersen -- is a joyless experience. Best described as hackneyed art rock, Inside/Absent is a challenge to get through, from "Inward," the unusual piano piece that opens the set, to bleak, horror-esque tunes like "Desaturated." While it isn't all morose, Broken Spindles' electronic basement pop feels tedious when it's accessible. Tunes like "This Is an Introduction," (which finds Petersen singing about moving his girlfriend across the country into his new house, only to leave out on tour, causing an irreconcilable rift between the pair) just aren't "A-list" enough to quantify this as a hit and miss assortment. A song like "Birthday" is no celebration, as Petersen mopes his way though the realities of aging. The guy puts it best in his own prose, as he sings, "It's hard for people to get close to me when I'm so distant." He's not friggin' kidding. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

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Inside/Absent Notes

"I wrote most of this record while on tour in the U.S. and Europe with The Faint and Beep Beep, recording ideas on my laptop after shows and before sound checks."

"On inside/absent, I steered away from programming, opted for sparser percussion, and kept instrumentation as minimal as songs could take. The vocals were used to better communicate the lyrics, instead of just being a way to add words to music. Ultimately, the main goal was to be real and honest."

"I decided that the best way to go about that was to not let anyone hear the record until it was done; to not have any outside opinion or influence on what I was writing. I had to rely on my own ideas and let them carry themselves through."

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