Advance Base (Chicago, Run for cover/ Orindal Records)
„Advance Base is the lo-fi electronic solo project of Owen Ashworth. He’s a master of tones and textures; wielding an arsenal of Rhodes, Omni Chord, auto harp and drum machines to flesh out his confessional ballads. Ashworth paved the way for nostalgic, depressed bedroom pop in the late 90’s and his genuine, weighty storytelling remains at the apex of the genre. „
„From the early days of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone right through to the current moniker Advance Base, the songwriting of Owen Ashworth has always had a humanising quality. Providing glances into the lives of an array of characters, Ashworth produces vignettes of moments of loneliness, vulnerability and grief, or else the slow aftermath where the world’s continued spin does little to shake the feeling. And, while heartbreak and separation are key themes in these stories, Ashworth far from limits himself to the genre favourites of death and divorce. There has been bank robbers, unlucky swimmers, adolescent satanists turned killers—a cast of characters united by a common, human tendency for suffering.“