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Monday, September 22, 2014

Etiquette by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone mainman Owen Ashworth possibly beats even Stuart Murdoch to the title of the indie-est man in the world. To date, the Portland, Oregon native has made three albums of downbeat lo-fi songs in his bedroom, using just a battered old Casiotone keyboard and vocals recorded on his answering machine. But he's obviously been going out more lately because, in comparison, ‘Etiquette’ is practically a wall of sound, featuring several guest vocalists, layers of synths and, on the beautiful ‘Nashville Parthenon’, a weeping pedal steel guitar. Some things never change, however, and for Ashworth every day is still like Sunday, as he dissects his 20 something malaise with a dry and eloquent wit like a K-Mart Morrissey.

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