Saddle Creek | Broken Spindles | Reviews



Author: John-Michael Bond
07/16/2005 | | | Album Review
When Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello started the Postal Service I doubt they knew it would become as big a movement as it did. Their debut album sold a ton of copies and become the sunny soundtrack to many an indie kids electro-pop dreams. Well if the Postal Service is the happy beautiful side of the electro-pop movement, Broken Spindles' latest album Inside/Absent is its depressed cousin. Who happens to be a cutter.

That may seem like a mean thing to say, a touch insensitive if you will, but the aura of doom surrounds every aspect of the release. Opening with "Inward" a slow Mogwi inspired instrumental, the first thing that comes to mind is a depressed indie kid thinking about slitting his wrists and taking Xanax. This tone of overwhelming sorrow follows through out the whole album. But while it's easy to convey sadness with a piano, using guitar and computer pops and beats is a much harder endeavor, which Broken Spindles succeeds at.
This is and Introduction is the first song on the record and it's a slow burner. Gently swelling from a new spars beats and guitar strums to a lush dance pop jig musically this album makes you nod your head. Then the vocals kick in, and you've got to make up your mind. For some reason the singer's voice sounds like the Mooninites from Aqua Tee Hunger Force to me. Lyrically the song and the whole record, deal with the topics of depression and substance abuse. While it would be easy for the album to become simply an overwhelming gloom fest, it instead comes off as a chronicle of a dark time and not a pity party.
If you're a fan of the Postal Service but are sick of all the sorority girls who picked up on the band thanks to MTV, or you're just looking for a good record to listen to when you're a little down and want something funky, this is a good album for you. Inside/Absent is full of lush electro pop, sometimes funky sometimes dark and scary, and is the perfect companion for a rainy drive. Taking the meaning of "pop song" and twisting it in his own vision Faint bassist Joel Petersen, has created an album that surpasses its peers and its influences. If you're an indie rock fan or just like sad music, Inside/Absent will save you a lot of money in therapy bills.

8.2 out of 10


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