Men and Mice
"Kes" of the Motorways
Mister Salmon is a performative identity adopted in 2010 by UK mixed-media artist Andrew Stones. He exists to explore the paradoxes of a human-animal identity, in songs about misapprehension, overreach, and consequence.
‘Mister Salmon’ music has starting points folk, rock, pop and electronica. Pared-down lyrics adapt the grammar of poetry and folk song, but do not express the aspirations of any particular “volk”. Arrangements of conventional and artist-created instruments are filtered through a sensibility used to audio art and soundtrack composition.
Mister Salmon Cries Out (2020) comprises three tracks. Curlew was first shouted into the wind on a beach in Ireland, but is also about a loved place nearer to home in the UK. Curlew and its companion song Nature Trail are ballads for the anthropocene, about projecting ideas onto the natural world, even as human overreach is urgently reappraised.
The album Mister Salmon ...in Yorkshirama (2010) frames recollections of northern Britain in the 1970s and 80s, but remains ambivalent about the idea of belonging to a particular place. The album is a synthesis of soundtrack and song, structured like a biographical movie of ten scenes.
'Mister Salmon' recordings are released on the Salmon Songs label, alongside other works by Andrew Stones.