Thursday, November 13, 2008

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Tony Dekker

What’s that expression? Great minds think alike. Well, when it comes to two of my favorite musicians, that definitely holds true. Owen Ashworth – aka Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – and Tony Dekker – front man for Great Lake Swimmers – have both finished up recording soundtracks in completely unique ways.

The new Casiotone release - Town Topic - is the soundtrack to Laurel Nakadate's debut film, Stay The Same Never Change and apparently Laurel wanted to use classic CftPA tracks to theme her ideas.

That was until Owen decided he wanted to rework his songs specifically for the movie. It’s pretty cool to hear the way he opted to change the structure of his work (including removing the lyrics), whether it's just a few subtle additions or a massive retooling.

On the other side of the coin, we have Tony Dekker. He was tasked with sound tracking a documentary entitled Song Sung Blue. The film – directed by Greg Kohs – is an intensely personal look at the life and love of Lightning & Thunder, a husband and wife, Neil Diamond tribute band. Tony wrote over 30 minutes of new music for this, including a gut-wrenching take on Neil’s classic, Song Sung Blue.

Ever since Garden State, indie rock has become the defacto choice for young filmmakers to grab the attention of the masses, but fantastic artists taking the time to write all new material for films is few and far between.

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