Few band namessave maybe Throbbing Gristle or Something Corporatemore accurately evoke the music of their namesakes than Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. The name covers both the sounda predominance of vintage Casio keyboardsand the ethos at work. But while CFTPA might be a fitting moniker for Owen Ashworths music, it does fail to signify the wry humor at work in some of his songs. For instance, in Nashville Parthenon, Ashworth sings (though narrates might be a better word for it) about loneliness (naturally) over a distant lover, but theres a funny moment near the end, where he deadpans, I still buy two pairs of everything / So when you come home, you and Ill be twins. Few bedroom indie popsters paint obsession with such keen detail.
Sun., June 28, 9 p.m., 2009