Spotlight: Casiotone for the painfully alone (CFTPA)

After 13 Years Owen Ashworth ends his music project Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (CFTPA)

“You may have already heard that I’ve decided to end Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. I’d just like to clarify that this doesn’t mean that I’m quitting music. I love writing & recording songs, & I hope to make lots more records in my lifetime. But, after nearly thirteen years of being the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, I’m ready for a fresh start & a new challenge. So, after December 5, 2010 (the thirteen year anniversary of my first show), I’m throwing out the old songs & I’m trying something new. I’ll have more news about new projects & plans in the coming months.”

The first albums where characterized by the use of battery powered keyboards (Casiotone MT-100 for example ;-)  ) and a very raw style focussed on Ashworth’s lyrics and his voice telling tragic love stories –  but sometimes with a funny twist.
The songs are mostly backed by minimalistic but still very catchy synth loops and song lengths are usually around 2 or 3 minutes but thats enough to tell a story.
Etiquette, released in 2006, was my first contact with CFTPA and also marks a change in the style of the songs and production. It incorporates a wider range of additional instruments as well as the appearance of  guest vocalists and producers  broadening his spectrum.

But even with additional layers of sound and instruments the later albums still sound like an relaxed session with his friends just passing around the microphone.

CFTPA built up an amazing discography over the past 13 Years and we’re looking forward to the output of his upcoming projects.

Twinkle Echo (2003)                     Advance Base Battery Life (2009)

VS. Children(2009)                         Etiquette (2006)

There will be a final tour touring the States in September and Europe in October/November. Tour dates can be found here (UPDATE:He is in Vienna on 22. Nov).



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