Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Twinkle Echo

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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Twinkle Echo


Released 9/09/2003



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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is the musical alias of 26-year-old American film school drop-out Owen Ashworth. Ashworth began making music in 1997 after he realized that song-making was a far more cost-effective means of storytelling than film-making.

Using only battery-operated keyboards and electronics as instruments, Ashworth has created a hybrid strain of raw, emotional, and very homemade synth pop that is as influenced as much by film and literature as by its more obvious musical counterparts. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone’s claustrophobic two-minute character studies shudder with reverbed beats, blown-out chords, & simple-but-infectious melodies, layered beneath the sometimes funny but always heartbreaking lyrics of Ashworth's sighing baritone.

With two full-length releases, countless compilation appearances, & more than a dozen tours already under its belt,
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone has garnered praise & support from such diverse figures as Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, DFA/LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy & San Francisco film director Jon Moritsugu, who featured nine of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone’s songs in his 2002 award winning feature, “Scumrock”.

For his third album on Tomlab, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone presents Twinkle Echo, a tiny tiger of a pop album, chock full of book-smarts, lovesick mood swings & calculated damage; simultaneously heartwarming & heartbreaking, comforting & jarring. Across its fourteen tracks, Twinkle Echo boasts Ashworth’s most mature songwriting, arrangements & production to date, with guest appearances from Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu (5RC) and contrabassist Jherek Bischoff of Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble.

In support of the Twinkle Echo release, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone has already embarked on a nearly year-long world tour across Europe, Japan, and North America, playing alongside the likes of The Rapture, Xiu Xiu, Unrest’s Mark Robinson & Tuxedo Moon.

"...definitely mind-sweeping, Twinkle Echo is an intimate window on a man and his delightfully quirky ideas" Rolling Stone
"...reveals endless nuance and wit within a seemingly exhaustible medium: two-minute Casio keyboard-spun pop songs" Pitchforkmedia
"The end result is something akin to a cross between The Magnetic Fields and The Postal Service, an amalgam of pop smarts and basic beats"

  1. To My Mr. Smith
  2. Jeanne, If You're Ever In Portland
  3. Toby, Take A Bow
  4. It Wasn't The Same Somehow
  5. Hey Eleanor
  6. Half Ghost
  7. Calloused Fingers Won't Make You Strong, Edith Wong
  8. Blue Corolla
  9. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Yellow T-Shirt
  10. Students for Scarves & Charm
  11. Roberta C.
  12. Attic Room
  13. Giant
  14. Twinkle Echo