Author: Brian Fogarty
05/01/2004 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Album Review
At first glance, I was moderately numb of the fact that this was another Saddle Creek within-the-family production. Probably more telling was the immediate resemblance to a mellow Faint - something that I was less than thrilled about. Of course this is all before I actually took a look at the information on Fulfilled/Complete. Indeed, it is within the family and indeed it sounds reminiscent of the Faint, but for good reason. Broken Spindles is the brainchild of Faint bass player Joel Petersen. After the Faint's worldwide conquest of the past couple of years, playing non-stop in their mission to draw converts, Petersen was able to develop this project. Initially, Broken Spindles was just a formal name for Petersen when he did the soundtrack to a friend's film. In 2002, he released a full-length under the flag of Tiger Style Records. Up until now, previous pieces have been simply instrumental affairs. Now, Petersen lays down some vocals and enhances the recording with a string quartet. Petersen employs the omnipresent Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) to record Fulfilled/Complete, thus completing the circle of Omaha. Though there is still an instrumental core, the ten tracks trip along danceable yet non-conjoining beats that belie years in the Faint. Sometimes the songs tilter near soundtrack-like status ("Practice, Pratice, Preach" and "Harm") and other times it is a pure dark dance party ("The Dream," "Fall In and Down On" and "Move Away"). This is a strong like-minded side project that should help keep demons at bay while we await the latest from the Faint. Petersen is taking his show on the road for some US dates and it will be interesting to see who joins him to fill out the band.
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