Karima Walker / Claire Cronin / Advance Base
Advance Base is the melancholic story-song synth pop project of Chicago, IL singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). Using a two-handed arsenal of electric piano, Omnichord, samplers, effect pedals & drum machines, Ashworth builds minimalist, heavy-hearted, & nostalgia-obsessed ballads around his conversational baritone. The warm, electronic sound of Advance Base has been described as “lo-fi,” “depressed” & “weirdly uplifting.” Animal Companionship, the third & most recent “studio” album by Advance Base, was released September 21, 2018 by Run For Cover Records / Orindal Records.
Claire Cronin is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. Her new album Bloodless (November 2021, Orindal Records), expands upon the supernatural and metaphysical themes of her critically acclaimed 2019 album Big Dread Moon (Orindal Records) and her 2020 “horror memoir” Blue Light of the Screen: On Horror, Ghosts, and God, published by Repeater Books. Bloodless is a powerful work of haunted Americana by one of contemporary indie music’s finest singer-songwriters.
Tucson, Arizona interdisciplinary artist Karima Walker walks a line between two worlds. Aside from her long resume of collaborative work with artists in the diverse fields of dance, sculpture, film, photography and creative non-fiction, Walker has long nurtured a duality within her work as a musician, developing her own sonic language as a sound designer in tandem with her craft as a singer/songwriter. The polarity within Walker’s music has never been so articulately explored, or graced with as much intention, as on her 2021 album, Waking the Dreaming Body, which was featured on “best albums of the year” lists from Gorilla Vs Bear, Goldflakepaint, For the Rabbits, Deepest Currents, Hanif Abdurraqib & more.