CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE
TOM31 | released: 09/09/2003 | LP
via Anost (Europe) via SCD (USA)
01 To My Mr. Smith
02 Jeanne, If You're Ever In Portland
03 Toby, Take A Bow
04 It Wasn't The Same Somehow
05 Hey Eleanor
06 Half Ghost
07 Calloused Fingers Won't Make You Strong, Edith Wong
08 Blue Corolla
09 Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Yellow T-Shirt
10 Students for Scarves & Charm
11 Roberta C.
12 Attic Room
14 Twinkle Echo
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.