Author: Ben Friedland
05/17/2004 | Rollingstone.com | www.rollingstone.com | Album Review
Broken Spindles' new record Fulfilled/Complete opens with the four-minute "Induction," a jerky patchwork of drum programming, keyboard loops and whispery studio blips -- it's a wash of romance and gloom and, quite frankly, an irksome indicator of what's to come. Lush and textured, the rest of the record is equally dreamy and eerie, as strings, pianos and sharp electronics make for moody soundscapes. Mastermind Joel Peterson -- also the bassist for fellow Saddle Creekers the Faint -- anchors the set with propelling spastic rhythms, underscoring his images of flesh, dying and general creepiness. By track four, "To Die, for Death," Peterson's at his most unnerving, repeating in his unaffected, stark monotone: "Ready to die, I'm ready for death." Even during the album's tamer moments -- the piano-and-string "Practice, Practice, Practice" or the tinkering-electronica of "Harm" -- Peterson still seems brooding and morbid. Nonetheless, his compositions remain enticing, with their symbolic swells and crashes -- a sophistication that surpasses simple moping.
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