There Still Are Mysteries

by F E L L

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"Beautiful, sheeny, witty, baroque pop…very very special indeed."
- Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music

“I really really love his delivery; it’s incredibly personal…a beautiful voice.”
- Guy Garvey, BBC6 Music

From 2006-2016 Nicolas Burrows wrote, recorded and performed under the name GLACIERS, releasing two home-recorded albums and several EPs, for the first release as F E L L Nicolas has worked with producer Andy Ramsay (Stereolab) at Press Play Studios, and with Jorgen Skjulstad and Thomas Meidell at Metronopolis in Oslo, giving his songs the studio treatment for the first time.

Intensifying a long-held lyrical focus on natural wonder & magic, "There Still Are Mysteries" conjures up images of sun-drenched meadows, wilderness wanderings, dark lakes and moonlit glades, populated by strange folkloric characters hovering just out of view. Harmoniums, warm guitars and saxophones, shimmering organs and boggy basslines give life to simple melodies, creating an undulating and lush 38 minutes of song: a perambulatory meditation on wonder, on not knowing, on magic, myth and mystery...

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released August 19, 2016

All songs by Nicolas Burrows
Arrangements by Nicolas Burrows
& Andy Ramsay.

Nicolas Burrows
Singing, guitars, drums, bass, clavinet, hammond organ, farfisa, solina, wurlitzer, vox organ, percussion, synth, piano, vibraphone, harmonium

John Rulton
Bass

Ed Carmichael
Drums

Thomas Meidell
Bass, synth

Jørgen Skjulstad
Synth, clarinet

Andy Ramsay
Drums, percussion

Steve Hamilton
Saxophone, clarinet

Recorded Press Play Studios in London & Metronopolis in Oslo. Produced by NB & AR. Engineered by AR
at Press Play & TM at Metronopolis.

Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
at Stereophonic mastering.

Artwork by NB
nicolasburrows.co.uk


Thanks

to everyone who’s ever listened to my songs, come to see me play, bought my records, played in my band, put up with my noise or helped me out. Special thanks to VC.

First published in 2016 by Nous Vous Press.
© Nous Vous Ltd 2016. All rights reserved.

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F E L L is Nicolas Burrows, singer of songs. Weak-eyed writer of poems, teller of stories. Seeker of truths, friend of the woods…artist, illustrator and musician from Lancashire, now based in London UK.

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Track Name: Live Now
As I lay back there upon the ground
I kept my ear close to the sound
Of universes rumbling
And river swells all tumbling
Above the words that we were mumbling

And the thought it did occur to me
That O somewhat ironically
As I fight the pull of entropy
So my songs are sang more joyfully
And new poems are revealed to me

Could I start again with what I know
Could I wake up with somewhere to go
Could I lie there on a gravel beach
With the water lapping at my feet
Could I be sleeping keeping out of reach

In a place where I cannot be found
Where rivers run under the ground
And I can gaze up at the firmament
I can fall asleep inside a tent
Hey d'you wonder where the summer went?

So i shirked all ideology
And I wrote my own mythology
And it was legs and arms and arms and legs
All tangled up in double beds
Some thoughts I thought should not be said

And on the verges of a hurricane
Well we wrote a song which had no name
And then we all went down and swam the lake
And we talked about the plans we'd make
Yeah we know it takes the time it takes

See it stretches on for ever
And every day is like another one
Where you never will you always might
And it comes back to me every night
'Son, you never seem to get it right'

You said 'the universe will leave you gifts
If you keep yourself open to it'
Still trying to work out what you meant
As things are borrowed time is spent
And I wonder where the money went

Pull hard against the water's flow
Come on we'll row and row and row
There will be time for wandering and wondering and Oh!
Sing long for everyone you know
Track Name: Things In Things
Rain in the summer
Hailstones in the spring
There is dust in the air
Diamonds in the hills

Moths in your cupboards
Ideas in your head
There are tears in your eyes
Spiders in the shed

Feelings in your fingertips
And thunder in your brain
There is smoke in your lungs
Coffee in your veins

Cracks in the pavement
Potholes in the road
There is meat in the fridge
Aching in your bones

I am a vessel
Of muscle and will
The heart beats
The heart beats
Though sometimes it is still
And though it all fits together
I know it do spill

Skeletons in your closet
And iron in your blood
There is light in the soil
Fire in the wood

Wonder in not knowing
Some beauty in the dark
There is truth in your words
Sadness in your heart

I hear a colour
And I see a tone
The heart beats
The heart beats
My legs move and I go
And it is each thing together
That maketh the whole
Track Name: Let Me Go On
I went swimming in the lake
You know I know the time it takes
The buzzard and the old corncrake
The captain and the emerald snake

What new wonder waits for me
Beside the hollow of a tree
And there are things you cannot see
Hiding all away

Let me go on

The quiet of the daffodils
The bear crepuscular but still
He hibernated, ate his fill
And in the summer blood will spill

We got tired and we got wet
All dripping little rivulets
And the black flies settled on our sweat
And we are full of blood

Let me go on

Routes are followed routes are mapped
Where are those sandwiches you packed
All quickly eaten once unwrapped
While by the shore dark water lapped

The silver ribbon river snakes
It knows the path it has to take
Comes barreling into the lake
And I see water fall / An icy waterfall

Let me go on
Track Name: Other Ways
Here from out of nowhere
Twixt soil and the sun
With someone else's
Rhythm in my skull

I collected in the static
Of a hundred thunderstorms
I watch them spill
Quiet and heavy to the floor

And I went out just to feel it
Still it makes no sense at all
Though I may grow well I may go
I will be gone

In the unorchestrated lurching
Of a million spinning tops
Witter away across the table
For to drop

And I know I'm right
I've known it all the time
There are other ways...

You should learn to trust your feelings
You don't need to understand
There is blood it is
Running in your hand

With an axe and a box of matches
Build a fire from the wood
To crack and split
To sing and spit into the sun

And I know I'm right
I've known it all the time
There are other ways

And I want
to get it right
And I walk
Let in the light
Say I won't
But still I might

And the empires fell
While the bone and the shell
Kept growing alone
In the dark
Track Name: Sleepy Old Snake
Sunbeam
Burning up necks dancing on valleys
And little flies horrid and clumsy
Seek the salt within your sweat

Wake me
With a gentle shove and take me
Out in your garden come and make me
In the morning with your shade

Oh California sea
You drunk honey bee
Are you asleep on the wing
As you float there next to me?

Travelling
And watch the rivers all unravelling
And every summer that you have seen
Becomes another summer gone

Oh this year
I'll be around yeah i'll be back here
Soaking up sun swim in the cold mere
In the morning in your wake

You giant redwood tree
You Patterdale peak
You just sit there and sing
And I fling all the weight off me

And now I see
The river moans the river speaks
And there's nothing here
That I can do without

And in the valley by the lake
And if you keep me awake
We'll live forever in the things
We talked about

Sunbeam
Burning up necks dancing on valleys
And every summer that you have seen
Becomes another summer gone
Track Name: There Still Are Mysteries
And like a river in the sun
I'll keep running on and on
Til all the song in me is gone
TIl all the things to do are done

The wind is filled with ancient sound
Scatters the pebbles on the ground
And so some things get written down
Some things are born some things are found

A shadow soaked across a hill
Like some indelible inkspill
And I will watch it as I will
Across the air so soft and still

A ring of hilly brothers stare
back at the water we found there
I feel your fingers in my hair
And mystery upon the air

Come see the silent water soft and sweet
The soil sleeping at your feet
The grains that make the gravel beach
Some things are near yet out of reach
Track Name: Fingernails
He got the graveyard shift
Down at the National Trust
And he's a sleeping policeman he's a
A little out of touch

I remember how the sun was going down
Dripping golden buttering the roofs in town

And he's a regular feature
Out on the Catalan scene
He got his pockets full he packing
Acres of polythene

It was hot the sweat was running in my skin
Clinging on to anyone and anything

Oh the hackles on my neck
My follicles tickled in the sick and sour breath
Everything happened at once
When I looked in to his eyes
It's there on my sight
Oh it's with me everywhere I go

And when he's on the floor
It's a frenzy of life
He knows that everyone's watching him they're
Like moths around the light

in the morning everything had disappeared
And I just walked around and felt a little weird

No now when our lips align
Oh honey i'm looking at the space behind your eyes
Everything happened at once
When I let go of his hand
It remains in my veins
Oh it's with me everywhere I go
Track Name: Islands Fold
Sitting in the van
Revolver is on
And I like
The Lennon ones

We listen to your tape
As we are on our way

The summit in the storm
Is hid in cloud
But we are sleeping late
We don't wake for hours

Back out in the wood
We get high
And this is
The second time

Back to the Islands Fold

The summit in the storm is here now
Track Name: Song Of The Green Man
I am a head disgorging
I am black iron forging
Smoke rise up ahead
Making presents for the dead

I live on rotting apples
I make the rotting happen
Deep down in the loam
I see you pass on your way home

I burn like forest fires
I hide among church spires
Leering out at you
Misericord under the pew

My fingers dead-leaf fisted
My songs grow gnarled and twisted
My eyes burn berry bright
I make a bower for the night

The vines and leaves unspool me
A vegetable jewellery
Tree bark crowns my head
Bringing presents for the dead

The leaves grow all around me
Leaked from the mouth to drown me
Coloured chlorophyll
Come my daughters welcome in

I am the green-gold spectre
I work in the environmental sector
And I watch over you
I drink your footprints in the dew

I am the shady patches
The creak of lifted latches
Gold-leaf summer gleam
I disappear into the green
Track Name: You Are All I Need
You are all I need
Your open eyes
Words settle on your tongue
And I reach out to your side

And I do it all the time
So I might find
A space between your ribs
That I might see a way inside

Your body wore a bruise
you bore us fruit
See it lightening
See it severed at the root

Have you seen the bloody moon?
An open wound
I see it too

You are all I need
You come in waves
If we burn the furniture
We can both get through the day

There is nothing in the way
We made a space
Shoulder to shoulder
A ring of hills around a lake

Eyes open in the gloom
We lie cocooned
Speak to me only
And I am severed from the room

The little grasses pushing through
They grow with you
And you grow too
Track Name: Slow Burn
I thought I could do it
But I found there's more to it
Hey slowburner
What fuel are you using?
My heart beats harder
My blood flows heated
And all movements repeated

What went up has come down
Melting rocks on the old ground
What was once a dark secret
Becomes a regular feature
Galaxies moving
Universally growing
And satellites glowing

And the ancients are turning
Into fuel for our burning
And as I am speaking
Down through porous rocks they're leaking
And heavy erosion
Brings a black sticky potion
And it feeds the earth's motion