CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE, CRYPTACIZE, THE RIGHTEOUS & HARMONIOUS FISTS
(The Artistery, 4315 SE Division) Kip Berman (of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart) isn't the only former Mercury music intern that has coasted to greatness—or at least a respectable Pitchfork review—on this paper's gilded coattails; there's Owen Ashworth as well. Ashworth, the voice behind Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, has been churning out charming indie pop songs since long before this here rag started harvesting Portland's musical community for unpaid labor. Prolific enough to support a pair of releases—a new LP, Vs. Children, plus the singles compilation Advance Base Battery Life—Ashworth is an unheralded performer whose stylized just-woke-up vocal delivery meshes perfectly with his charismatic songwriting skills. I'd write more about the joys of Casiotone, but I need to get the next big indie star to pick up my dry cleaning. EAC