Old Panda Days (featuring Nick Krgovich) by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In) by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Killers by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
It’s been way too long since I posted any music on the blog, so I wanted to share a couple of albums I’ve been listening to. They both come from one man, Owen Ashworth, who’s better known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. In the last couple months he’s has two albums released. The first was called Advanced Battery Life, featuring 11 years of collaborations and covers from all over the musical spectrum. The second, more recent release was called Vs. Children, which is a more of a proper album.
Advanced Battery Life starts out with a collaboration with Nick Krgovich, who is most well know for his collaborations with No Kids and P:ano. This might just be may favorite song of the year. There’s something haunting and amazing about it, and I’m sure I’ve listened to it at least 30 times or more. The rest of the album is filled with great covers of old classics from artists like Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen.
But his new official album is where the gold is. Vs. Children is a much deeper album which nearly becomes a cohesive piece. The songs are mostly about criminals and love, which turns the album to a more melancholy tone, but his songs have never been more beautiful.
The songs above are my favorite from the album. I love Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm for the line, “Raise a little family, on Schlitz and Mickey Mouse”… it’s such a gem. My other favorite is Killers, which is filled with beautiful organs, and the last line of the song goes, “We could be killers, just for one night”, riff off the Bowie song, Heroes.
You can pick up both of these albums over on Tomlab, which I highly suggest you do.