The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere

by Advance Base

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glenrobinson Owen's done a great job of covering Washington Phillips. The songs are wonderful, especially Mother's Last Word To Her Son. Favorite track: Mother's Last Word To Her Son.
Joshua James Amberson
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Joshua James Amberson There could be no better tribute to the otherworldly music of Washington Phillips than these out of time, Stephen Foster-with-a-drum-machine reinventions. Favorite track: Mother's Last Word To Her Son.
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jon & liam Owen Ashworth re-interpreting the works of a early 20th Century street preacher? Yes please!
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Following the critically acclaimed debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer (#19 on MOJO Magazine’s Best Albums of 2012 list), Advance Base returns with a tribute to early 20th century Texas street preacher, singer, songwriter & musical innovator Washington Phillips entitled The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere.

Washington Phillips only recorded eighteen songs during his short career as a professional recording artist, & only sixteen of those recordings exist today. Mystery surrounds Washington Phillips’ music, as there is no known documentation of how it was made. For many years, it was believed that he performed his songs on a tiny, piano-like instrument called a dolceola, but many scholars now believe that Phillips custom modified two celestaphones (archaic, zither-like instruments), which he played simultaneously in his own special tunings. The strange, angelic sounds of strummed & plucked strings that accompany Washington Phillips’ forlorn spirituals have made him a legendary figure in gospel & outsider music circles.

For The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere, Advance Base’s Owen Ashworth has arranged a selection of Washington Phillips’ compositions for autoharp, piano, electric piano, drum machine & voice. Phillips’ unique, beautiful melodies & heartbreaking lyrics are a natural match for Ashworth’s raw, inventive production & doleful singing voice. Performed, recorded & mixed solely by Ashworth at his home in Chicago, Illinois, these tracks stretch the sound of Advance Base in new directions while paying tribute to one of Ashworth’s greatest influences. The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere showcases elements of gospel, psychedelic rock, traditional Americana, alt. country & lo-fi outsider art.

The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk, the same engineer who mastered a posthumous vinyl reissue compilation of Washington Phillips' original recordings entitled What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?

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released June 25, 2013

Autoharp, piano, electric piano, rhythm box, vocals & tape machine by Owen Ashworth

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Depressed, nostalgia-obsessed, lo-fi pop made out of electric pianos & drum machines by Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone)

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