CONCERN about the climate crisis has prompted Scottish composer and filmmaker Adam Stafford to make a personal response.

Believing there are not enough protest songs about the “catastrophic” state of the planet, he has written an entire album about it called Trophic Asynchrony, the name for the increasingly common unseasonable events occurring in the natural world.

Written and recorded during lockdown, the predominantly instrumental album takes its title from the cascade of non-seasonal events due to climate change – of swallows returning in winter, blizzards in summertime and daffodils at Christmas.

“We’re at a real critical crossroads in terms of where humanity is heading and the

systems of neo-liberal excess are happy to eat themselves to death while the rest of us either shrug or shake our heads,” said Stafford (above), who tracked the album in four days with the similarly multi-talented Robbie Lesiuk.

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“I wanted to say something relevant about the crisis we face because I think artists and their creations need to reflect these issues, even if it’s in an oblique way. I don’t see many artists with an elevated platform trying to do that. Where is the anger? Where are the protest songs?

“I hear plenty of music about modern malaise and neuroses, about Instagram and sliding into DMs, but not a lot about the catastrophic state of the planet and where we’re heading as a species.

“I don’t want to exist in, or leave a planet to my kids and potential grandchildren, where the wealthy live in air conditioned apartments above street level while the rest of society scrambles below them in some sort of neglected inferno or in a flooded Kevin Costner subaquatic city. Because that’s what will occur if things don’t change course.”

Falkirk-based Stafford said he hoped to add a “tiny bit of dialogue” to the debate in the same way he did with mental illness on his 2018 album Fire Behind The Curtain.

“My platform isn’t significant enough for the album to make a substantial difference

to the course of the future, I’m under no illusions of that,” he said. “But if we can keep talking about the issues and about the

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dangers in newspapers and the media then the pressure stays on the people in power. Once the conversation dissipates, it will be back to neo-libiralism-full-steam-ahead-as-usual.”

Trophic Asynchrony’s oldest track dates back to around November 2018, when Falkirk poet Janet Paisley died at the age of 70.

Known to Stafford since boyhood, Paisley’s poem Watter was the basis of Stafford’s second short film No Hope For Men Below (2013). It also includes the phrase “thrapples clag” (“lump in the throat”) the title of the album’s poignant closing track, which is dedicated to the poet’s memory.

Trophic Asynchrony is out on July 9 in digital form and October 22 on vinyl.