cwas#13 / cwas#12 / cwas#11 / cwas#9 / cwas#8 / cwas#7
cwas#6 / cwas#4 / all reviews / search
Styrofoam | I'm What's There To Show That Something's Missing (Morr)
The by-product of Arne Van Petegem, Styrofoam's speciality is low-key beats spliced with lovelorn murmurs. Here, there's a cautious overload of tender fizzles and static crackles, all thoughtfully tucked beneath Van Petegem's simply sincere admissions. One part eerie and two parts dreamy, the music of Styrofoam operates at a slow-mo speed, burying itself deeper and deeper into the psyche after several spins. Effectively, it's an early 90's 4AD LP re-designed on a laptop in a Belgian basement; it's narcotic electro-pop with a randomly-whisked sugar-coated topping. One sip, and a subconscious spine-tingling sensation is all you'll feel.
CWAS #12 - Summer 2003