Chicago-based act Advance Base, the stage name of musician Owen Ashworth, lists his genre simply as sad. On the album "A Shut In's Prayer," Ashworth presents a folk-inspired gift for the narrative form and gentle speech-based vocals, calling to mind artists such as Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan. Ashworth embraces vintage pop instrumentation, employing instruments such as a Rhodes electric piano, a drum machine, and an autoharp, creating a nostalgic, wistful musical atmosphere. Ashworth, formerly of the band Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, continues his exploration of "all things lost" under this new moniker, taking his listeners to a sad, but comforting, place.
Advance Base performs with Precious Kindred and Sparx & Yarms on Tuesday, November 26, 9 p.m. at The Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave., $7-$9, bugjar.com.