VALLEY MAKER – ” Mockingbird “

Posted: October 23, 2020 in MUSIC
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Hi everyone, “Mockingbird” is out now, Valley Maker (aka singer/songwriter Austin Crane) shared “Mockingbird,” his first new music since 2019’s “Supernatural” and his 2018 LP Rhododendron. It’s a calming, folky rumination about shifting sands, and much like his previous work, “Mockingbird” thrives on Crane’s intuitive vocal cadence, subtly accenting words to draw the most passion out of his songs. “It’s a song about trying to settle in while feeling quite unsettled,” – along with an accompanying video: I wrote ‘Mockingbird’ within a week of moving to Columbia, SC, having just left my home of nearly seven years in Seattle to return to the area and community I grew up in. For me, it’s a song about trying to settle in while feeling quite unsettled. Megan and I had just bought an old house that needed (still needs!) a lot of work, and wanting to do something tangible and forward looking, I planted my favourite tree in the yard: a Japanese Maple. There’s a line in the song that acknowledges how I’ll “sit for a while and watch it grow,” I guess as a way of accepting the season of transition. When I wrote the song, I didn’t know how long I would be doing just that.

So while “Mockingbird” was written a few months before the pandemic upended life as we knew it, for me, the song has resonated with this strange season of life. The song meditates on memory, time and aging; on trying to embrace the uncertainty, absurdity and beauty of life; and on being in-between places and communities. We decided to try and reflect these ideas in the video by Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez capturing footage from their lives and environments in the PNW and Colorado, and juxtaposing this with Super 8 footage I captured around my neighbourhood and the Carolinas.

I’m really proud of what we made, and grateful to everyone involved. Thanks to everyone who played a part in bringing this song and video into being. Trevor Spencer, Amy Godwin and Chris Icasiano — I loved recording this song with you. Joe and Zach — thank you for your caring and imaginative work on the video. To my neighbours, thanks for letting me unprofessionally film you. Thanks to Frenchkiss Records for releasing my music. And, always, thank you very much for listening.  

Out now via Frenchkiss Records

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