Artwork by Gregory Euclide
Gregory Euclide, who is the mastermind behind Bon Iver's debut album artwork and one of the most important figures in American contemporary art, wrote a little text about Simeon Walker's "Letters". The Minneapolis-based artists created the album cover and the whole CD and Vinyl design for "Mono", and it is such a pleasure that is now also a part of the first "Album series". Enjoy it!
Letters is a walk along a train track that passes through the countryside. The grass is coming right up to the crushed stone that they used to stabilize the track. My feet adjust their stride to the prescribed width of the ties making it difficult for me to absorb the wind of the prairie. Looking down to not misplace a foot, but wanting to be observing the yellow-greens and golden tans of the rolling landscape.
When creating the image for Mono I was interested in generating something that could maybe feel like an index to something; the result of something instead of the thing itself. What we see is a print of a Queen Anne’s Lace flower run through the printing press. The music seemed so nostalgic, so cinematic … like it was constantly referencing instead of being. Like walking in the land – knowing it is there, feeling it around you, but not being able to look up at it.
Text by Gregory Euclide
Simeon Walker is a Leeds-based composer and pianists, who released in November 2017 his first piano solo album "Mono". You find more information about him and his music on his website.