Nel Unlit have announced the release of their debut album “Wake for the Dreaming”, a rock-opera based on Worlds’ End from Neil Gaiman’s epic “Sandman” graphic novel series.
The album has been produced and mixed by the band with the help of Peter Brewis of Mercury Prize nominated Field Music and will be released on February 14th 2020 on Butterfly Effect (on limited edition, snow white vinyl) and Spooker Rekkids. The album features a cast of singers, each playing a role within the story, including, Tom Joshua, Our Krypton Son, Dressed Like Wolves and Before Breakfast.
Nel Unlit are a group of nine songwriters, storytellers and musicians who have their roots all over the North East of England and Northern Ireland. Despite the idea for the project brewing for 7 years, the band officially formed in 2016, from past and present members of Sullivan and Gold, Dressed Like Wolves, Pellethead, General Sherman and Hold Music and began making music in the attic of musical institution Westgarth Social Club. The multi-instrumental nine piece, have developed an expansive live show, complete with violin, cello, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, field recordings and two drummers and have played extensively throughout the UK including festivals, Hardwick Live, Tipping Point, Twisterella and Stockton Calling.
Singles “Fireflies” and “Apple” earned the band critical acclaim, radio play on BBC Radio 6, track of the week on BBC Tees and comparisons to Nick Drake, Richard Dawson, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver.
“Our hero crashes his car and becomes lost” explains lyricist Jon Horner, “before discovering a mysterious Inn. Here, he is told stories by peculiar guests, tales of wily hangmen, Christ like child presidents and more. It is these stories that make up the rest of the album.”
“A haunting masterpiece that will propel the listener into a different realm of consciousness.” - Vents Magazine “Delightfully off-kilter, tremendously mesmerising, a track you want to play again and again” NARC
“Fireflies - single of the month - A six minute opus. Draws you completely and utterly into it’s world. ” The Crack
"A beautiful, ambitious and eventful piece of music. Nel Unlit invite the listener to join them on their upcoming exploration of music and story" - With Guitars
“Want to hear some music taken from a concept album inspired by Neil Gaiman's Sandman series? Of course you do.” Prog Mag
Bon Iver, Richard Dawson, Joanna Newsome, Anais Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Sufjan Stevens.