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Album Review

The bassist for the Faint, Joel Petersen, was asked by a friend to create some music for a video piece. When the video piece came out, the friend didn't end up using any of the tracks Petersen had created, but the idea of making soundtrack music had inspired him, so he got together with producer Mike Mogis and they created Broken Spindles. Their self-titled debut record is all instrumental music, electronic beats, retro-synths, and general robot grooves, and there's plenty of that sort of music being produced in 2002, but Broken Spindles is a cut above. They've layered some pretty-sounding glockenspiel and vibraphone over their computerized bleeps and it can be lovely at times, while other bits of songs are more post-industrial. Though the Faint have been labeled a retro-new wave band, Broken Spindles, other than occasionally recalling the movie Tron, has basically a contemporary outlook. The song "A Dinner Party Ambience" sounds like the soundtrack to a dinner party with cyborg waiters and canned metal foods, and "The Love of Foreign Film" has attractive, Asian-sounding bells (maybe a vibraphone) at its chorus. Some of these songs boogie, others kind of rock, and those that do neither are at least interesting to listen to.

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truly original

from its heavy electronic opening preparing you for a journey through several different and vast soundscapes, broken spindles is truly a unique sound. this is what a robot dream sounds like. this is an awesome album and i highly recommend it. i've listened to the faint and broken spindles for years. anyone ive introduced to either band has loved it. if its your thing, you'll love it too.


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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