Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Advance Base: A Shut-In's Prayer (2012)
Read my review at Metro Times.
Your opinion of this is likely tied exclusively to how you felt about CFTPA, but if they're in your wheelhouse, it's hard to imagine a lovelier slice of unbridled melancholy for your holiday season (there's even a Christmas song!) than this low-key, truly beautiful half hour. What I love most about it is that as dire and dark and sometimes emotionally raw as the songs are (especially "My Sister's Birthday," which just... oof), they are also consistently so playful and witty in ways both large and small.
Additionally, when I reviewed this earlier this year I communicated directly with Owen Ashworth and he was by some margin the nicest person I dealt with in the course of freelancing. Not that all this should influence your opinion of the music or anything, but for heaven's sake buy this thing; it's great and he truly deserves your support.