Nothing's Lost





Arne van Petegem has been releasing albums under the Styrofoam moniker since 2000 when he released The Point Misser for German-based indie label Morr Music. Nothing's Lost is Styrofoam's fourth full length offering and this time around, Arne recruited some indie superstars to help him out. Markus Acher (Notwist/Lali Puna), Alias (Anticon), Valerie Trebeljahr (Lali Puna), Bent Van Looy (Das Pop), Miki (Pitchturner), Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set) and golden-voiced indie darling Ben Gibbard (Death Cab/Postal Service) all contribute to the nine-track electro-centric album. Arne began the project with the help of the artistic director of Brussels-based Club Ancienne Belgique in part, for the club's 25th anniversary. Arne used the club's recording studio to work on basic tracks, tailoring them towards a list of ideal musicians he wanted to invite to take part. Luckily, practically everyone on that list accepted and real work on the project began. The result is an electronic indie-pop record of the highest quality. The tracks where Styrofoam goes it alone, like "Beequeen" and "Safe + Broken", are as ambient, spacey and chilled out as the rest, but it's the collaborative efforts that really suck the listener in on this record. For one, you can never go wrong with having Ben Gibbard sing on your album. I'm pretty sure that's in the indie rocker handbook, but the cool thing is that Gibbard's song isn't even the best on the album. Andrew Kenny's "Front To Back" is a soft-spoken, ambient blip-fest that alone makes this record worth picking up. Fans of Broken Social Scene, The Postal Service, and Stars just need one rainy day afternoon to spend with Styrofoam and they'll be hooked.

Styrofoam
Morr Music

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Nothing's Lost