“To breed or not to breed? That is the question Owen Ashworth appears to be asking with his fifth full-length outing as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the wryly titled Vs. Children. But this is a Casiotone record, which means Ashworth won’t provide direct access to his thoughts, relying instead on proxies, personae, and other distancing mechanisms. That is, until the record’s third act, when a new Casiotone seems to emerge. Before that, however, Ashworth takes us on a joyride with a succession of mostly doomed outlaws and derelicts, with a couple of side excursions into familiar disaffected-slacker-ballad territory. It all adds up to easily the most mature and thematically ambitious Casiotone release to date, a further testament to the talents of a man more in tune with the lives of his generation than many of the folks actually living them,” says Pitchfork on their album Vs. Children.
Casiotone For The Playfully Alone with Silverghost in the Pike Room Thursday February 25. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now for $8.