Watch the trailer for the upcoming Old Earth album, Small Hours
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One of the most haunting local releases of 2012 was Old Earth’s A Low Place At The Old Place. Masterminded by Oak Creak musician Todd Umhoefer and produced by Field Report’s Chris Porterfield, the album was recorded in the basement of Umhoefer’s grandparents’ vacant home—a relatively sunny locale when you consider Old Earth’s 2009 debut was written in Umhoefer’s parents’ house immediately following the death of his mother. In our review of Low Place, we noted it was “less a proper album than a single 18-minute-long musical reverie,” and that it was “dominated by Umhoefer’s droning electric guitar, and peppered with the occasional sundry accompaniment.” If that sounds a bit difficult and inaccessible for your tastes, then Old Earth’s upcoming album, Small Hours, should serve as a friendlier introduction.
In a short video trailer for the album, Umhoefer reveals a more vocal-centric approach that still retains a moody, unnerving edge. He also reveals the names of the many Milwaukee musicians who are lending their talents to the disc, including Nick Berg, Damian Strigens, Betty Blexrud-Strigens, Ben Lester, Kurt Spielmann, Travis Whitty, Ashlee Whitty, and Chris Porterfield. Small Hours is expected sometime this spring.