10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Owen Ashworth is perhaps best known to indie rock folks as the one-man band Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. He's now put an end to that chapter and started anew as Advance Base, but he hasn't lost his interest in the lower end of the fidelity spectrum. His cheap keyboards remain close at hand, ready to add a dreamlike quality to his unusual tunes. A Shut-In's Prayer sounds grand in its own way, with "Christmas in Oakland" reflecting an alienation that's deep and purely felt (even if he does sing "I don't feel a thing"). The doom-laden chords suggest a mood of wistful nostalgia and great pain, and there's a sense of strong alienation throughout the album. Often, the accumulation of so many lonely years causes the characters in his songs to crack. "The Sister You Never Had" reports on what's left of a broken family with "Mom at Christmas and Dad at Thanksgiving/Your brother you won't see at all." These are dark songs dependent on facts that may or may not be remembered correctly, where the feelings may or may not be deserved.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Owen Ashworth is perhaps best known to indie rock folks as the one-man band Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. He's now put an end to that chapter and started anew as Advance Base, but he hasn't lost his interest in the lower end of the fidelity spectrum. His cheap keyboards remain close at hand, ready to add a dreamlike quality to his unusual tunes. A Shut-In's Prayer sounds grand in its own way, with "Christmas in Oakland" reflecting an alienation that's deep and purely felt (even if he does sing "I don't feel a thing"). The doom-laden chords suggest a mood of wistful nostalgia and great pain, and there's a sense of strong alienation throughout the album. Often, the accumulation of so many lonely years causes the characters in his songs to crack. "The Sister You Never Had" reports on what's left of a broken family with "Mom at Christmas and Dad at Thanksgiving/Your brother you won't see at all." These are dark songs dependent on facts that may or may not be remembered correctly, where the feelings may or may not be deserved.

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