Album Review: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone


Advance Base Battery Life

Facts about this album:

‘Advance Base Battery Life’ collects all the seven-inch singles and compilation tracks released by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone between 2004 and 2007.

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, aka Owen Ashworth, studied film at college before dropping out

‘Advance Base Battery Life’ contains covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.

Album review:

Here’s one of those rare instances of something doing what it says on the tin: kitsch electronic ditties made by a nerdy outsider lamenting life’s cruel ball-kicks. Just when you thought Chi-town loner Owen Ashworth couldn’t trump his previous four efforts in terms of schmindie obscurity, he goes and wheels out a bunch of twee reinterpretations of oldies and rarities. Cue the cuter-than-a-puppy-riding-a-Care-Bear bedroom hoedown of ‘It’s A Crime’ and the Moldy Peaches-go-low-ridin’ take on Missy Elliott’s ‘Hot Boyz’. No doubt this will be the album that makes him bigger than air. Or, about 11 people will listen to it, but carve each meticulously observed couplet into their heart.

Jaimie Hodgson