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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone


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Chicago, United States (1997 – 2010)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (CFTPA) was the beats-and-keys solo project of singer, songwriter and Chicago resident, Owen Ashworth. Drawing heavy influence from traditional Americana as well as 80’s synth pop and commercial hip hop, the music of CFTPA is a curious mix of austere character studies and playful electronic programming.

Owen Ashworth started to make music on a small casio keyboard back in 1997. His first two albums, “Answering Machine Music” and “Pocket Symphonies for Lonely Subway Cars,” were made using nothing but small, battery-operated keyboards and Ashworth’s own voice (along with occasional accompaniment by guest musicians). These early albums are now available on one CD, appropriately titled “The First Two Albums by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.”

Ashworth has released numerous EPs and full-length albums, with a trademark austere lyrical style that conveys emotions through its simplicity and directness.

CFTPA expanded its sound in 2006 with Ashworth’s release ‘Etiquette,’ now using more instruments and effects (as well as more professional production and vocals from Jenny Herbinson). This album has given Ashworth room for experimentation and thinking space.

In 2009, CFTPA’s newest album, titled ‘Vs. Children,’ was released.


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  • Eliza-Day

    hey casiotone fans. here's bedroom-recorded cover of Scattered Pearls - trying to do justice to this absolute tearjerker by slowing it down so the devastating lyrics can shine. Bonus tears: added snippets from an interview with Holocaust survivor Rachelle Ellis talking about her grandmother. [sorry for spamming!]

    9 Mar 4:15pm Reply
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    8 Mar 7:33am Reply
  • tres_kafkaesque

    dear god, please kill me.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • anyore

    Some feels were felt whilst listening to this dude [4]

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • spldgldj

    i miss you so much.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Mcdonaghalex

    Some feels were felt whilst listening to this dude [3]

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    исключительно крутая группа, лично для меня - одна из лучших групп нулевых вообще, наряду с the books и xiu xiu

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Blessure_Grave

    даже не знаю, что написать. так грустно и прекрасно. спасибо.

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • renalt

    thank you

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Levimon

    wish i knew this back in high school

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • tenoclockshroud

    perfect for winter holidays [2] say you'll come see maine when the snow falls

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    perfect for winter holidays

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sls

    I like the several references to payphones on Etiquette (besides the song with 'payphones' in the title) - I really can't remember the last time I've seen a payphone, but I have seen many fixtures that I can tell used to house payphones, that were ripped out at some point between then and now

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • UntoAshes

    Not the way that you'd imagine'd it...*sigh*

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • h8luv4uu

    currently crying to beeline. ily

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ripchord

    sheesh... love CFTPA but what a terrible live album.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gallen013

    just fucking amazing.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DM09

    Some feels were felt whilst listening to this dude [2]

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • melodymann

    nice group,researched recently.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • Jbo12

    the live album is amazing.

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
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