Advance Base is the new musical project by Chicago, Illinois singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). A Shut-In’s Prayer is Ashworth’s first full-length release in over three years, & the first by Advance Base. Recorded at home & in piano practice rooms at the Chicago Public Library, A Shut-In’s Prayer is an intimate collection of deliberately crafted blues, waltzes & ballads. Ashworth sings nostalgic stories about lost loves, childhood friends, estranged siblings, & other hard feelings over simple drum machine rhythms & sparse hand percussion. Warm & twinkling piano lines fill the spaces between harmony vocals & strummed autoharp chords, with the occasional creaking floorboard or snapping reverb spring to remind you where you are. It’s a different atmosphere than one might expect from the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, but clear that Ashworth’s keen ear for melody & idiosyncratic lyrical abilities have only expanded in recent years. At age 35, Ashworth has a lot of music left in him, & he’s just getting started again. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally. More information soon at http://www.caldoverderecords.com and http://www.advancebasemusic.com.
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