Casiotone For The Painfully Alone: 'Old Panda Days'

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Though Casiotone for the Painfully Alone has traditionally been a one-man-band, Chicago resident Owen Ashworth is joined by a few friends on Advance Base Battery Life. His upcoming album is a compilation of singles, rarities previously released only on limited edition vinyl, and surprising covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Missy Elliott, all recorded from 2004-2007.

Ashworth's 1980s-inspired synth-pop music is minimalist and rarely complicated, but catchy and fun. In a deep and mostly monotone voice that seems to expose a slight trace of uncertainty and nervousness, Ashworth sings of botched love, lost letters, and a man who goes to the movie theater and buys all the tickets, just so he can get in a good cry in solitude. His lyrics are at times controversial, scandalous, simple, or even pedestrian, but his songs never cease to be entertaining and authentic.

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