Wintersleep formed in 2001 and released two albums with Dependent Music, a music label and artists' collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1994. On October 2, 2007, Wintersleep released their third full-length album, Welcome to the Night Sky. They won the 2008 Juno Award for New Group of the Year. Wintersleep began working on their fourth studio album, New Inheritors, in September 2009. The album was released on May 17 in Europe and May 18 in North America. The bulk of the album was written while touring Welcome to the Night Sky due to the very busy tour schedule the band follows. They released their fifth album, Hello Hum, in 2012.