Following the 2012 release of Time in the Wild, the members of Old Hundred opted to step away from music.

Following the 2012 release of Time in the Wild, the members of Old Hundred opted to step away from music.

The break was fueled, in part, by the natural settling that occurs as one enters into early adulthood - "Some of us were buying houses and having kids and starting careers," said singer/guitarist Blake Skidmore, 31, in a late October interview at a downtown coffee shop - and in part by a realization that, as a collective, there simply wasn't a desire to plunge headlong into another exhaustive cycle of touring and promotion.

"We burned out a little bit, and we were sort of realizing we weren't going to be road warriors," Skidmore said. "We weren't talking about breaking up or anything. We just didn't know, and we decided until there was a reason to figure it out we would just sit on it."

After a nine-month hiatus, the folk-rock crew regrouped, decamping to a cabin in southern Ohio for recording sessions that resulted in the I Don't Want to Die EP, which surfaced in June, and the full-length Let in the Light, which the band will debut at a pair of record release shows at Brothers Drake Meadery and Bar on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8.

Befitting the group's restless mind state during recording sessions, the resulting tunes tend to be murky and elliptical, awash in references to sunlight and shadow, mysterious voices, and death and rebirth. The musical atmosphere is similarly eclectic, swinging from deceptively hard-charging rockers ("The Sixth Rib") to slow burners like the eight-plus minute "One Good Man," a hazy, meandering turn Skidmore accurately described as "[Neil Young's] 'Cortez the Killer' meets [Gillian Welch's] 'I Dream a Highway.'"

Rather than presenting a choice between these competing pillars of light and dark, the songs tend to serve as a reminder both exist, and Skidmore noted much of the album was born of a growing acceptance of life's endless cycle of ups-and-downs - particularly in regards to pursuing a career in music.

"[When we started Let in the Light] there was a lot of angst, like, 'How do you sustain this career and stay relevant … if you're not always doing something bigger?'" Skidmore said. "I think there's this perception, of, 'Oh, band X has been around 10 years and they're still playing at whatever bar. They're not really doing anything.' I know I slip into that assumption, and it's really bullshit.

"Don't get me wrong ... if someone came along and put it on a platter, we would absolutely take it, but the struggle it would take to get there is maybe just not worth it to us as a group. We accept that, and maybe in some ways this record is just us saying, 'We're OK. This is OK. We've lost things. We've gained things. But shit, man, we're still here. And here is pretty great.'"