Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Track Review: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - "Streets Of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen Cover)"

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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone is the ultimate listening experience when you're just having a shitty, shitty day. Owen Ashworth creates minimalistic songs about young adults having their hearts broken, getting used, and living dreary lives. We all have those days, and CFTPA exists to soundtrack them.
This Springsteen cover appears on Advance Base Battery Life, the first of two CFTPA records coming out this year, a compilation of rarities and unrelased tracks. "Streets Of Philadelphia" is trademark CFTPA, with a heavy drone in the background, a simple drum beat, and Ashworth's vocals that sound like he stopped crying just long enough to record them.
The song is a perfect fit for what Ashworth does. "Are you going to leave me, just wasting away / On the streets of Philadelphia," he says, barely enough strength in his voice to actually form a melody. It's incredible to hear the pieces come together so perfectly. His pain is our pleasure, I guess.
Advance Base Battery Life can be pre-ordered here, and his next proper full-length, Vs. Children, is supposed to be available the first week of April (though as far as I know, no release date has been confirmed).

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - "Streets Of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen Cover)"

BONUS: Ashworth's old band, Papercuts (who happen to have a new album on the way; no pre-order link from the label yet, but it will appear here, I imagine), made an awesome cover of one of my favourite CFTPA songs, "Baby It's You". If you're interested, check it out here.

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