Styrofoam:: A Thousand Words

I unfortunately haven’t had Styrofoam’s A Thousand Words very long, henceforth I can’t claim to be an expert on the album. However, I can assure fans of good songs that labor in the electronic end of things in the same mood as Postal Service, except for on “Lil White Boy,” featuring Josh Rouse, and sounding like Josh Rouse. In fact, Arne Van Petegem, aka Styrofoam, has compiled eleven fine songs complimented by a host of guest vocalists including Blake Hazard of the Submarines, the aforementioned Josh Rouse, Erica Driscoll and some others, in addition to Arne himself making a primary vocal contribution throughout A Thousand Words. I found that a couple of things immediately stuck out on the album: the melody line on the title track is reminiscent of “Bizarre Love Triangle,” for some wonderfully fleeting moments; a very nice use of space, sounds, and instrumentation, especially on “My Next Mistake,” which has one of the best builds on A Thousand Words; and finally the best song has to be “Microscope” featuring Blake Hazard and a line I can’t get out of my head – – “you act like another second would change life.” Having said all that, A Thousand Words plays out well, avoiding unneeded lulls.

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streaming audio:
“My Next Mistake”“After Sunset”“Bright Red Helmet”

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