Advance Base is the new project of Owen Ashworth, whom you might know better as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Alas, Ashworth retired the Casiotone name and all of the music back in 2010.

Unlike Casiotone, Advance Base is not really a solo project, as Ashworth is joined on record and on stage by a variety of musicians. But he didn’t necessarily leave the lo-fi pop or the torch songs behind when he ditched the Casiotone name. While the tender electro pop core of the music will be familiar to Casiotone fans, Advance Base takes it in a whole bunch of new directions. You can check them all out on A Shut-In’s Prayer, the debut Advance Base release — and Ashworth’s first new album in three years — out now on Orinda Records.

While Ashworth is from Redwood City and Casiotone called SF home, he is now based out of Chicago. So don’t miss Advance Base’s upcoming show at Cafe Du Nord. Perhaps he’ll play the Shut-In’s Prayer cut “Christmas in Oakland” to prove to us all that he left his heart in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here’s the video for “Summer Music”, in which Fritz, a “heart-felt puppet”, goes all Say Anything on his human ex-girlfriend:

Advance Base, Nicholas Krgovich, David and Joanna
Cafe Du Nord
June 7, 2012
7pm, $12