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Broken Spindles Kiss/Kick

With his fourth album, Broken Spindles (a.k.a. Joel Petersen) is finally coming into his own. Evolving from the ambient, glitchy electro (with obvious ties to his other band The Faint's chilly neo-new wave) that marked Petersen's earlier work, Kiss/Kick instead emphasizes the analog over the digital, combining guitar riffs and live drumming with catchy synth hooks to create songs that are better built for bedroom parties than writhing on the dancefloor. Although drum machines and looped samples make occasional appearances, Petersen is clearly trying to rediscover his roots as a songwriter and composer, with an emphasis on a lyrics-driven, lo-fi approach that draws comparison to Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and other indie keyboard rockers.

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