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Earlier this year, William Edmonds, Nicolas Burrows and Jay Cover, the members of London-based design collaborative Nous Vous, set up Nous Vous Press to publish and distribute their new work.

As well as being an artist and illustrator, Burrows writes, performs and records music, formerly under the name Glaciers and now as Fell. Nous Vous Press had previously published projects by Cover and Edmonds—Nature Calls, a whimsical children’s book from Cover, and Drawings, a small artists’ book from Edmonds. Adding Burrows’s new Fell record to this list of titles felt like a good opening gambit to the trio, communicating how they wanted to proceed as a small press.

Going through many different iterations and group discussions, Edmonds, Burrows and Cover settled on an image that would showcase Burrows’s personal aesthetic while representing the content of the record: the striding figure. A recurring motif in Nous Vous’s and Burrows’s work, it reflects the music within, which was inspired from walks in various places. Other design elements allude to the songs, such as a fractured story printed on the inside of the sleeve. While difficult to photograph, it disappears into the darkness of the spine, becoming unreadable and preserving a bit of the unknowable hinted at in the lyrics and in the record title, There Still Are Mysteries.

The response to the music and sleeve has been overwhelmingly positive so far, with continued airplay and great reviews on BBC Radio 6 Music, as well as a respectable stream of record sales from nousvouspress.eu and at Fell’s live shows.
 

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