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Nel Unlit are a collection of artists, songwriters and storytellers from across the North East. They’ve been responsible for some of the most ambitious projects seen in the region, culminating in an acclaimed folk opera based on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, which was co-produced by Peter Brewis of Field Music.

The Middlesbrough-based band release the final track and a new video from Wake From The Dreaming this month. True Things leans heavily into narrative and storytelling, accompanied by a fantastic acoustic instrumental. This comes as little surprise, as a musical collective Nel Unlit have always been fantastic at placing the listener firmly at the heart of the picture they’re painting.

The enchanting animated video which accompanies the single displays the band’s love of storytelling and adventure and was created alongside artist, illustrator and puppet maker Deborah Snell. The song is a pivotal release for Nel Unlit, as the band’s Jon Horner explains. “True Things was the first song we worked on together. We grew and learnt who we were as a group whilst working on it. We have developed a parental affection for True Things and felt it should have its moment.”

B-sides for the release feature a collaboration with North Yorkshire’s alt. rappers Ceiling Demons, who contribute a glitchy lo-fi remix of The Inn: Part 1. In reciprocation, Nel Unlit’s remix of Ceiling Demons’ track The Rose is a beautifully stripped back affair.

Nel Unlit release True Things on 6th November


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