ADVANCE BASE- A Shut-In's Prayer ORD-03

Release date: May 15, 2012
2022 vinyl repress shipping by November 14, 2022

Advance Base is the new musical project by Chicago, Illinois singer, songwriter, & producer 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, & his first under the name 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 but decidedly lo-fi torch songs, waltzes & ballads. Accompanying himself on his Rhodes 54 electric piano, Ashworth sings nostalgic stories about lost loves, childhood friends, estranged siblings, & hard feelings over simple drum machine rhythms & spare percussion. The additional arrangements that fill out these ten songs intertwine gentle upright piano melodies & expansive electric bass, filling the spaces between plainly-sung harmony vocals & strummed autoharp chords, with the occasional creaking floorboard or snapping reverb spring to remind you of the cramped rooms where this album was recorded. It's a different sound than one might expect from the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, but Ashworth's keen ear for melody & idiosyncratic skill as a lyricist have only improved in recent years, pushing his memorable songwriting in all new directions. At age 35, Ashworth has a lot of music left in him, & he's just getting started again.

"This is an album of interiors, the childhood memories and small epiphanies of stay-at home-dreamers" -MOJO (Read the full review HERE)

“A smart progression from Ashworth’s Casiotone recordings, presenting that project’s bittersweet introspection with more nuanced production.”
"A Shut-In's Prayer is arguably the strongest album of Owen Ashworth's career thus far" -PITCHFORK (Read the full review HERE)


  1. Summer Music
  2. New Gospel
  3. More Trouble
  4. David Allen
  5. Christmas In Oakland
  6. Riot Grrrls
  7. Goldfish In a Robin's Nest
  8. My Sister's Birthday
  9. The Sister You Never Had
  10. Shut-In River Blues

Pressing Information

Vinyl edition
150 gram marbled vinyl in a heavy duty tip-on sleeve, limited to 1000 copies

2022 re-press
Edition of 600 160 gram vinyl LPs pressed by Smashed Plastic & struck from new lacquers cut by Matt Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.
LPs feature black & white labels & ship in fancy, poly-lined sleeves.
LP packages include full color, extra heavyweight jackets featuring featuring photograph by Tom Cops & complete album lyrics, redesigned by Jess Jones.
10 tracks, 34 minutes.

300 copies on silver metallic vinyl
300 copies on classic black vinyl


Tape edition
150 professionally dubbed, high bias cassette tapes in silver metallic shells, imprinted with the Orindal Records logo. 4-panel black & white J-cards feature photography by Tom Cops.

Every purchase includes an instant FLAC or MP3 download of the entire album

US/Canada CD released by Caldo Verde Records

Europe/UK CD/LP on Tomlab Records

Orindal Records is distributed exclusively by The Business in Anacortes, WA.