Album Review

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – “Vs. Children” – [Tomlab]

lombard   11/10/2009   12-inch, A Library

What a delightful slab of vinyl from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. This 2009 release “Vs. Children” includes simple production, elaborate song titles (including “Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended at Ace Hardware in Libertyville, IL), and story-telling lyrics which take us on a road trip around the U.S.A. and into the depths of human emotion surrounding procreation.

We begin with the aforementioned criminal choir boy in Illinois, then journey to Wisconsin as thieves on the lam. Along the way there are regrets about lost love located somewhere in Charlotte or maybe Montpelier. Family and children are ghostly presences throughout, leading to some melancholic moments of reflection on parenthood, with chilling lyrics like “oh my god/what if we had an accident/oh my god/til you’re dead/that’s how long you’re a parent/til you’re dead.”

These conflicted feelings about parenthood are woven throughout, with the final track “White Jetta” indicating a dying mother’s last hope: “She says she hopes I’ll want a family after she’s died/she says the less you feel like a child/the more you’ll want a child/to stay the same to never change.”

Wow. With dead-pan vocals, this just cuts to the bone and is a wonderful piece of art in its entirety. Take a listen to the entire album; something we don’t do often enough these days.

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