Saddle Creek | Broken Spindles | Reviews



Author: Cory Byrom
03/18/2004 | Pitchfork Media | | Feature
Broken Spindles, the alter ego of Faint bassist Joel Petersen, is readying fulfilled/completefor its May 4th release date on Saddle Creek. The project, which began as a soundtrack to a friend's video back in 2001, has up until now been instrumental in nature, relying upon both electronic and organic elements. The new album, however, adds vocals and strings to the mix to further expand Petersen's songwriting delivery. According to Saddle Creek,fulfill/complete should "appeal to fans of The Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails and Eric Satie alike." So that's... Headbanger's Ball devotees... NPR listeners... aaaand... Okay. Fair enough.

On stage, Petersen melds the audio with video for a full-on MIDI-fueled multimedia experience. If that sounds like the sort of thing you're into, then you're probably a huge Eric Satie fan, and can't wait for Broken Spindles to head out on tour. Lucky you! He'll be supporting the new album beginning in June, after The Faint (finally) finish recording their forthcoming LP. If you're concerned that one guy on a stage with a video projector might not be all that engaging, though, be warned that while I was nuking a convenience-store taquito in the break room the other day I overheard a fellow Pitchfork writer-- who for the sake of anonymity I will call "Bryan Silverman"-- remark "crap like this might actually ruin an otherwise fine high." Then again, he may have been talking about the taquito.


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