Boomkat Product Review:
For "Nothing's Lost" Styrofoam shows his gentle hand as both a writer, producer and voice - he sings on half of the album's songs himself - but the realisation of the recordings took many different routes. Markus Acher (Lali Puna/The Notwist) contributed guitar tracks for "Misguided" and "Make It Mine" while Lali Puna singer Valerie Trebeljahr also got involved, singing the song's chorus on the spot. Anticon artist Alias rounded things off for "Misguided", providing one of his rare rhymes while stamping beats for "Couches In Alleys" and "Make It Mine". Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service/Death Cab For Cutie, meanwhile, flew in from Seattle to join Arne and Brendon, as Alias is known to his friends, to develop four of Arne's initial tracks into fully fledged compositions. With Andrew Kenny from American Analogue Set, the production process went completely virtual. Arne (Brussels) and Kenny (NYC) logged on to iChat regularly to swap files and to discuss the steps to be taken to complete their song "Front To Back". Unlike his usual, subtle vocal delivery, Kenny went for an almost R'n'B style vocal in a very expressive and catchy falsetto, while Arne provides a mildly broken beat, sprinkling tiny acid licks all over the place. Last but not least Styrofoam asked Bent van Looy, singer of the hugely successful Belgian band Das Pop into the studio. Their collaboration is by far the most danceable contribution to this album. The cool, bubblegum pop feeling of this song is enhanced by a blatant, slightly retro octave bassline as well as the additional vocals of japanese singer Miki, whom Bent brought into the studio spontaneously. He met her the night before while she was performing live on stage with Munk, a neo funk punk band releasing on Gomma Records. Van Looy liked it so much that he just had to bring her along to the Das Pop studio. And it definitely paid! One of the strongest releases on Morr Music for some time.