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Inside/Absent

Broken Spindles

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Album 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

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Broken Spindles is the lo-fi electronic solo project of bassist Joel Peterson, the founding member of Omaha, NE‘s The Faint. His project began as an accompaniment to a friend's film project but was ultimately realized as an 11 track self-titled album released on Tigerstyle Records in 2002. This album was a curious mixture of electro, emo, Faint-style new wave and so-called incidental music with an aggressive yet retro-kitschy twist. Since there are no vocals, the drama came from quickly escalating...
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