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hot on the heels of the recently released singles and rarities compilation 'advance base battery life' comes 'vs children', the fifth album proper by casiotone for the painfully alone.
'vs children' continues the trajectory of 2006's 'etiquette', which showed singer / songwriter owen ashworth straying from the strictly electronic instrumentation of his earlier recordings. in fact, 'vs children' is an album decidedly absent of the battery-powered keyboards of casiotone for the painfully alone's namesake. instead, 'vs children's arrangements are built largely on the sounds of piano, organ, mellotron, and acoustic percussion, both live and sampled. it's like gospel music, if you can imagine that most of the choir has gone home for the evening and the church musical director is just really into samplers. 'vs children' was produced by ashworth and long-time friend and collaborator jason quever (papercuts) at quever's pan american studio in san francisco, ca and ashworth's home studio in chicago, il. 'vs children' features guest appearances from quever, julie lispector (of the french electro-pop one-woman band lispector, and two-time tour-mates the donkeys. on tomlab.....release date: 20/04/2009
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