Fable is the mesmerising and powerful third album from South London based four-piece The Little Unsaid, introduced via its first single ‘Vibrant Life’, an intense stream of consciousness reminding us not to lose momentum, imagination, and curiosity in these dark times.
The Little Unsaid are John Elliott (composer, songwriter & producer), Mariya Brachkova (synths, keys & backing vocals), Alison D’Souza (strings) & Tim Heymerdinger (drums, backing vocals).
Fable was written and recorded at Mill Farm Studio, Dorset then sent off for mixing by Graeme Stewart (Radiohead’s engineer and Jonny Greenwood’s film music producer). It is released on CD and digitally on 2 December via Carbon Moon Records.
The Little Unsaid have always evaded categorisation, blending on the new record an expansive multi-instrumented post-rock approach to song structures; touches of jazz’s improvisation; an earthiness that hints at folk and roots influences: and a dramatic art-rock edge heightened by frontman John Elliott’s intense delivery (with a hint of the dramatic that nods to John’s other works as a composer for stage, with his music featuring in Cruise currently touring the West End).
It is a sound that comes to life in The Little Unsaid’s live performances (with the band having played countless UK/European tours and festival appearances, including a recent set at Glastonbury 2022), and that live energy has been harnessed on Fable with the entire record being carved out of hours of raw live improvisation recorded during an impromptu visit to Dorset Mill Farm following a cancelled gig. As frontman John Elliott explains:
“Without pre-written material or musical ideas, we set up in one room and recorded long improvisations until the sun went down, seizing on the energy and positivity we found through playing again (post-lockdown). We had one rule: Every idea had to come to us in the moment; melodies, rhythms, lyrics.”
Fable’s themes capture this moment in time, described by John as:
“Songs which unavoidably reflect the chaos and simmering collective anxiety that was (and still is) everywhere around us while we recorded but held together by a defiant and palpable sense of gratitude and joy.”
Artists’ website: www.thelittleunsaid.com
‘Vibrant Life’ – official video:
1 October: Seven Arts, Leeds
2 October: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
4 October: Phoenix Centre (SCO), Newton Dee, Aberdeen
7 October: Slaughtered Lamb, London
8 October: The Barrel House Ballroom, Totnes
9 October: Railway Inn, Winchester
11 October: Phoenix, Exeter
12 October: Acapela Studio, Cardiff
14 October: The Drapery, Redruth
15 October: Mill Farm, Dorset
16 October: Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham
21 October: Chapel Arts Centre, Lower Borough Walls
22 October: Lion Salt Works, Marston
23 October: The Hub at St Mary’s, Lichfield
27 October: Leconfield Hall, Petworth
29 October: The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham