Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Rarely does a band's name perfectly sum up what it does. But Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's music is exactly as it sounds: songs about loneliness and heartbreak performed on Casiotone keyboards by Owen Ashworth, possibly the saddest man in the world. But these songs--with words such as "And the only things keeping me alive are your picture in my pocket and $1.45" ("Cold Shoulder")--aren't biographical. They're concise, rhyming pictures of universal loss, like postcards of moments, be they missed chances, breakups or maudlin remembrances, all played on battery-operated old-school Casios.

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