Album Review

Casiotone for the Painfully.. – “Twinkle Echo ” – [Tomlab]

Max Level   2/14/2006   12-inch, A Library

CFTPA is Owen Ashworth, a twenty-something singer/songwriter who brings us “tiny, honest tragedies in the lives of fairly average young people” (his words). He accompanies himself with electronic keyboards, distorted tones, and Casio beats. Super-simple, solid, chord structures. When all is said and done, it’s Ashworth’s lyrics that stay with me. They’re small in scope, possibly a bit nerdy, and among the most romantic I’ve ever come across. He’s listless but hopeful as he sings about lovers, dreamers, and loners. It’s all so sad but true. Outstanding, distinctive songwriting.

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