The annual Indietracks Compilations were issued to celebrate the singers and bands performing that particular year, but they didn’t always contain new or recent songs, as this example from the 2019 compilation demonstrates:-
mp3: Advance Base – Summon Satan
Despite its title seemingly more in keeping with some sort of song by a heavy metal band, possibly from the deepest and darkest forests of Central Europe, it is in fact a song that is very typical of Advance Base, the name often used in recording and performance by Owen Ashworth, a Chicago-based musician who, as his website advises,“uses electric piano, Omnichord, samplers, effect pedals & drum machines, Ashworth builds minimalist, heavy-hearted, & nostalgia-obsessed ballads around his conversational baritone.”
He’s been making music for many years, initially as the wonderfully named Casio For The Painfully Alone as far back as 1999, while the Advance Base material dates from 2011 to the present, with Owen currently, as you read this, about to head out on a nine-date tour that will take in cities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina over the next couple of weeks. Summon Satan can be found on the album Nephew In The Wild, which was released in 2015.
The website informs visitors that ‘the warm, electronic sound of Advance Base has been described as “lo-fi,” “depressed” & “weirdly uplifting.” ‘, which, based on the above track and those which follow below, is bang on the money. I reckon he’ll be a mesmerising watch in the live setting.
mp3: Advance Base – Summer Music (from A Shut-in’s Prayer, 2012)
mp3: Advance Base – Rabbits (from Animal Companionship, 2018)
Here’s the link to his official website.
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He was one of the highlights of that year’s fest for me. Never did catch him as CFTPA.