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Advance Base announces new album, Animal Companionship, shares “True Love Death Dream”: Stream

on July 10, 2018, 2:06pm

Chicago songwriter Owen Ashworth cut his teeth as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, writing sad, lo-fi anthems for the broke and brokenhearted. Since 2012, however, he’s rebranded as Advance Base, a project that’s produced his most confident, open-hearted work yet. Now, Ashworth has announced Animal Companionship, his latest LP under the moniker. Due out on September 21st, it follows 2012’s A Shut-In’s Prayer and 2015’s Nephew In the Wild.

Released via Run For Cover and Ashworth’s own Orindal Records label, the album was recorded in LA by Jason Quever (Beach House, Cass McCombs). “I kind of stopped writing what I would consider to be love songs at some point, and I was wondering why that was,” Ashworth said in an interview with Stereogum.  “I think part of it is just getting older, having different concerns. When I was in my mid-20s, I was trying to figure out romantic relationships between one person and another. But I kind of missed writing love songs and I wanted to see what love songs would look like from the perspective of a married 40-year-old man. And it ended up being a lot of songs about pets and thinking about friends and the kind of relationships that people have with the animals in their lives.”

Dog lovers can rest assured, however; Ashworth isn’t tugging heartstrings by killing off his song’s pups. “I wanted this to be a record that would be a comfort for dog people and not something that would be depressing that reminds you that dogs die,” he added.

Lead single (and album opener) “True Love Death Dream” is a tender, melancholic exploration of a car crash, the loss of a loved one, and the dog that comes to serve as the living embodiment of their memory. The dreamlike waves of an omnichord reflect the song’s themes of memory and longing, pairing gorgeously with Ashworth’s piano and synths that crash and fall like a fading firework. Hear it below.

Animal Companionship Artwork:

advance base animal companionship

Animal Companionship Tracklist:
01. True Love Death Dream
02. Dolores & Kimberly
03. Your Dog
04. Christmas in Nightmare City
05. You & Me & The Moon
06. Walt’s Fantasy
07. Rabbits
08. Same Dream
09. Care
10. Answering Machine

The release of Animal Companionship release aligns with Ashworth’s recent reissue of Casiotone For the Painfully Alone’s seminal Etiquette. In support of both, Advance Base will be hitting the road alongside a number of Ashworth’s Orindal labelmates for a massive North American tour. Check out the dates below, and pre-order the album here.

Advance Base 2018 Tour Dates:
07/26 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout *
09/23 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room *
09/24 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G *
09/25 – Rochester, NY @ Small World Books *
09/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
09/27 – Cambridge, MA @ Atwood’s Tavern *
09/28 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater *
09/29 – Burlington, VT @ Light Club Lamp Shop *
09/30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB *
10/01 – Greenfield, MA @ Root Cellar Bar *
10/02 – Kingston, NY @ BSP *
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *%
10/04 – Washington, DC @ Studio Ga Ga *
10/05 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar *
10/07 – Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street *
10/17 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
10/18 – Iowa City, IA @ PS1
10/19 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
10/20 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag
10/21 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
10/22 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Handsome Daughter
10/23 – Grand Forks, ND @ Ojata Records
10/24 – Duluth, MN @ Red Herring
10/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House
10/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
11/08 – Louisville, KY @ Surface Noise Records
11/10 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
11/11 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook <
11/12 – Greenville, SC @ Cabin Floor Records
11/13 – Athens, GA @ The World Famous
11/15 – Lafayette, LA @ Artmosphere
11/16 – Galveston, TX @ GAR <
11/17 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas <
11/18 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf <
11/21 – St Louis, MO @ Foam
12/06 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Lounge >
12/07 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza >
12/08 – Anacortes, WA @ Kennelly Keys >
12/09 – Portland, OR @ Turn Turn Turn >
12/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah >$
12/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater >
12/14 –Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole >?
12/17 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive >?

* = w/ Gia Margaret
% = w/ Friendship
< = w/ Moon Racer
> = w/ Lisa/Liza
$ = w/ Stephen Steinbrink
? = w/ Karima Walker

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