Mister Salmon is a music-making identity adopted by UK mixed-media artist Andrew Stones (Spotify link at end).
Mister Salmon’s music is emotionally direct, adapting the grammar of folk music, and the sound-worlds of avant-garde pop, electronica and audio art.
Mister Salmon Cries Out (2020) comprises three tracks. The first lines of Curlew came to mind whilst cycling along a windy beach in Ireland, but the song is also about a particular place near Sheffield (in England) and the birds that nest there at certain times of year. ‘Curlew’ and it’s companion song Nature Trail are ballads for the anthropocene era, about projecting ideas onto the natural world, at a time when the power of human agency might be questioned as much as celebrated.
The album Mister Salmon ...in Yorkshirama (2010) frames recollections of northern Britain in the 1970s and 80s, but remains ambivalent about the accidents of “belonging” to a particular place. The album is a synthesis of soundtrack and song, structured like a biographical movie of ten scenes.