1st Quarter 2008 Best Music Bits 4/5



The phone rang late one recent Friday afternoon. It was a good friend, with bad news. The Postal Service, it seems, have not been working as hard on their second album as they should have been. In fact, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello haven’t been working on it all.

The Postal Service have, in recent years, become an increasingly important part of my life, both personally and professionally. They have created something that ALWAYS makes sense to me.

But news of this hiatus, primarily blamed on the success of Gibbard’s Death Cab day job, was very disappointing.

As a result I went looking for something similarly brash and exciting and immediate.

I found Styrofoam’s A Thousand Words. Styrofoam, it appears, is also a Gibbard collaborator. But the Belgian has also spent time singing with Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins (on the beautifully glitchy emo nugget My Next Mistake) and a number of other folkies such as Josh Rouse.

A Thousand Words is an incredibly upbeat electronic pop record and, despite being Arne Van Petegem’s sixth, should see him start to sink a few more ships. He will also, undoubtedly, pick up a few fans as main support to Death Cab For Cutie, Bored of Dictators can reveal, on their forthcoming European tour from June.

Styrofoam @ Hype Machine

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