Described, in his own words, as “Experimental, folk rock” the music of Milwaukee based Todd Umhoefer is not the kind of thing that you will find yourself humming on your way to work. But, like all great music, the more time you spend with it, the more the music pulls you in all different directions, like the roots of a tree, reaching into your very being and affecting you in a way that only great music can. The key is understanding where the art is coming from and where it wants to take you.
In the 30 odd minutes of new album "A Wake in the Wells", Umhoefer takes the great work and potential shown on previous EPs "Small Hours" and "All Kill" and delivers an album of mature focus and intensity. Propelled by innovation, competition, and a sense of hustle more associated with hip hop than folk rock, what sets Old Earth apart from his contemporaries is a sense of drive born out of disgust for the mundane and obvious.
Helped along the way by long time collaborators such as Nick Berg and Chris Porterfield of Field Report, Jon Meuller of Volcano Choir and more of the Milwaukee glitterati, Old Earth has honed his sound over years of hard work. A Wake in the Wells is bigger in every way than previous work and should push Old Earth forward towards the success deserving of such talent.