Broken Spindles


Joel Petersen is no stranger to multitasking. One moment, he is playing bass in the Faint, the next he is half-hidden behind a video screen, masterminding the midi-fest that is Broken Spindles.

Broken Spindles began in 2001 as the soundtrack for a friend's video piece. The soundtrack soon developed into a solo project, and finally resulted in the self-titled instrumental album released by Tiger Style Records in September 2002.

Enter 2004, the year that marks Saddle Creek's release of Broken Spindles' Fulfilled/Complete.

The use of vocals and strings on Fulfilled/Complete helps to convey the essence of Joel's songwriting for his other projects, while expanding on a style unique to Broken Spindles. Chamber arrangements echoing Debussy in one song and Glass in another are matched with the darkly danceable backbone of the Faint. The result is a seamless marriage of electronic and organic elements, equipped with a diversity of songwriting that will appeal to fans of Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails and Eric Satie alike.