You’ve got to admire Owen Ashcroft’s do it yourself style. His early albums as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone took the bedroom recording process into the cupboard as battery operated keyboard met analogue 4-track cassette (Daniel Johnston springs to mind). This year’s album ‘Etiquette’ fleshed out his sound and spawned the fragile single ‘Bobby Malone Moves’. Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is initially resembled yet the piano parts that define the musical backdrop pull plenty of magical strokes of their own. Ashcroft’s near spoken vocal style means his lyrics are readily accessible. The theme might be about ordinary people but it’s a tale you won’t mind being recalled time and again. Also included here is ‘Cold White Christmas’ from a Daytrotter session that CFTPA recorded in April. Another Ashcroft with plenty of verve. KD
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Bobby Malone Moves Home Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Cold White Christmas (Daytrotter Session)
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