Help Old Earth record a live tour album in Scotland
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Countless bands and musicians fancy themselves as “unclassifiable,” even when their music is anything but. The music of Todd Umhoefer, however, comes precariously and wonderfully close to that mythic, oft-abused label. Recording under the name Old Earth, Umhoefer takes traditional indie-folk and strips it to its bare, haunted bones, leaving little but scratchy guitars and Umhoefer’s own nasally, otherworldly voice. That sound is certainly of its environment: 2009’s Out Of The Spheres Of The Sorrowful Mysteries was written in Umhoefer’s parents’ house immediately following the death of his mother, while 2012’s A Low Place At The Old Place was tracked in the basement of his grandparents’ vacant home.
For Umhoefer’s next Old Earth project—a follow-up to this year’s Small Hours album—the Oak Creek-based musician is once again seeking out an unconventional locale: Europe. A promotional tour of Scotland is in the works, and Umhoefer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a live tour album. The full-length record will feature performances recorded in Glasgow and Edinburgh (home to mini50 Records, which released Small Hours), as well as “old large buildings and outdoor spaces.” Per usual, a host of goodies are being used to attract potential backers, including handwritten postcards from Scotland containing drawings and download codes ($15 or more) and Umhoefer’s own Silvertone SS11 guitar ($250 or more).
Umhoefer is hoping to raise a modest $3,300 by August 4; with five days to go, the campaign has reached $1,530.