Author: Dave Heaton
04/29/2004 | Erasingclouds.com | www.erasingclouds.com | Album Review
The better portion of Broken Spindles' Fulfilled/Completeis given over to electronic instrumentals that have a very live, organic feel, not to mention strings that sweep in gorgeously, like the theme to a film. Joel Peterson, bassist for the Faint, is Broken Spindles; his interests seem to lie in several places at once - in calming waves of sound, cinematic atmosphere, dark electro dance music, heavy metal guitars, and new-wave synth-pop that's not all that far removed from the Faint. But he blends it all together in a cohesive way, coming up with an album that sounds both forward-looking and comfortable floating in a piano-and-strings lullaby. Fulfilled/Complete is a pretty album, but it has the same dark edge that hovers over the Faint. The album's essence comes for me in instrumental passages that feel both haunted and pretty. The most Faint-like tracks seem a bit redundant, but still don't slow down the album's overall flow, which is like a sci-fi ghost story taking place in one man's head, told through evil synth and heavenly strings.
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