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inside/absent

Author: Vermin 7/11
08/10/2005 | Culture Bunker | www.culturebunker.com | Album Review
Thank the nerdy tech God for allowing mobile digital recording studios to fit comfortably on a laptop. Broken Spindles is Joel Peterson's side project, he of the bass playing in The Faint and Beep Beep. This 3rd solo album by Peterson was crafted in the long monotonous hours of tedium that go hand in hand with a touring rock band like crabs and smelly laundry. The two hours he wasn't at a show and the two hours partying afterwards, Peterson was sketching out these ten songs of minimalist angst and reflection. Somewhat stripped back and less urgent than the previous BS album, "Inside/Absent" found its voice in a plaintive piano and minimalist percussion. Peterson's songs are a far enough cry from the pusling darkwave disco of his other band to merit a solo project, but there is the undeniable melodic kinship that will appeal to Faint fans, particularly on "The Distance Is Nearsighted." Most of these tracks are in uncomfortable keys and the trilling piano notes don't so much ring out as spill out onto the floor. Peterson's absence from home also led him to ruminate on certain milestones people in the normal non-rockband world partake in, including "Valentine," "Anniversary" and "Birthday." Non are overly joyous. BS reminds me of the heartfelt yet oddly discomfited shaking beauty of Black Tape For A Blue Girl. This 3rd album is possible less accessible and more frontal than his previous disc, which featured more melodic passages but fewer vocals. "Inside/Absent" is for those times when the hands of the clock seem to stand still and the dysphoria that comes with separation from your home make empty moments feel like tragedies.
inside/absent

inside/absent

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