Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is the recording guise of Owen Ashworth, a Chicago-based cult hero among fans of introspective synth pop. 'Advance Base Battery Life', a collection of singles and non-album tracks, is a fine primer for the uninitiated. The "fi" is stubbornly "lo" and the mood is one of elegiac romanticism, with echoes of the Postal Service and Laptop. It also includes a number of his covers, such as Missy's "Hot Boyz" and Springsteen's "Born in the USA".
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