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Columbia, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter Austin Crane has released his third album as Valley Maker via Frenchkiss Records. The follow-up to 2018’s Rhododendron, When the Day Leaves finds Crane melding folksy acoustic sounds with more entrancing electric textures, all of which evoke the unknowable natural forces that are the focus of much of his song writing. Contemplative and serene, though never at the expense of their many tendrils of melody, Crane’s new songs are soothing in a way we all need nowadays.

I’m excited to share that my new record, When The Day Leaves, is out today I’m so happy for these songs to be out in the world, and I hope the record can be a meaningful companion for you in these strange times we’re living through. I recently did an interview with KEXP about the making of the new record, along with a live video. There’s a kind and thoughtful review, out today, of the album from The Line of Best Fit. And here are two other interviews fresh out today from Beats Per Minute and Gigwise.

I also want to let you know that I’ll be playing a special livestream concert of the new album (plus a few old songs) on Saturday, March 20th: the premiere will be at 8pm EST, and then it will be available for 48 hours thereafter (for those in other time zones, or those who prefer to have a Sunday viewing).  The LPs (on limited edition sky blue vinyl) and CDs are available at your local record store and various places online. Shirts, hats, totes, etc. are also for sale in my merch store.

Thank you all for listening, I hope you enjoy the new record. I’ve been thinking a lot this past year about the community of people that surround this project, and how truly fortunate I am to be connected to you all, even in this socially distant season. I’m grateful for the support and care – it means the world.

With much love and gratitude, Austin

No One Is Missing” is from Valley Maker’s new record, When The Day Leaves, out February 19th on Frenchkiss Records.

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Valley Maker has shared new single ‘Instrument’ – tune in now. The South Carolina singer songwriter produces work of incredible richness and nuance, matching indie rock tropes to elements of Americana.

Valley Maker  new album ‘When The Day Leaves’ is out on February 19th, and his new single ‘Instrument’ gives an indication of the riches in waiting. Valley Maker is the contemplative psych folk project of songwriter Austin Crane. Crane uses billowing, revelatory metaphors to narrate his own journey through cosmic mystery and the essential search for meaning.

Recalling Conor Oberst’s earlier work or even aspects of Elliot Smith, it’s a rainy rumination that carries within it a spark of optimism.  The track is lifted from his forthcoming release When the Day Leaves, which drops on February 19 via Frenchkiss Records. The video, filmed and directed by Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez, incorporates film footage that Austin captured on a Super 8 camera in the North Carolina mountains. They collaborated on the clip for previous single “Mockingbird” and Austin notes, “through mixing mediums and blending human and natural worlds, we wanted the ‘Instrument’ video to visually be in conversation with what we created for ‘Mockingbird,’ and with the landscape of the album cover.”

A song about suffering and renewal, ‘Instrument’ is a tender portrait of perseverance, an ode to carrying on.

He comments…”I wrote ‘Instrument’ as a meditation on the challenges of persevering, of loving the world and other people, and of maintaining a hopeful vision for the future in these times we’re living through.”

“The uncertain future of our planet, with climate change and related natural disasters, always feels very present for me in these considerations. So the song and video reflect both upon anxieties and affections for our world; they explore what it means to remain a part of it all, to carry on amidst human and elemental uncertainty.”

“Instrument” is from Valley Maker’s new record, “When The Day Leaves“, out February 19th, 2021 on Frenchkiss Records.

Quavering vocal harmonies and delicate acoustic accents roll through a blissful backcountry scene on Valley Maker‘s “No One Is Missing”, in part recalling the dusky lo-fi plains of Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs – lyrics interpreting the organic unison of nature and the art of music as a form of remedying the pandemic’s myriad social repercussions.

Seattle-based for the last ten years, Crane, along with his family, recently decamped to South Carolina – an uprooting and re-assimilation that finds a voice in the upcoming third album “When The Day Leaves”. Crane expands upon the bearing this had on the premise of his latest track: “I wrote this song, along with much of When The Day Leaves, as a way of grappling with the partiality and temporality of how we connect with one another, I guess as an attempt to collect and reflect on recent experiences of loss, love, leaving, returning, missing, etc. While recent months of social distancing have often felt isolating, I’m continually grateful for how music and the natural world can remind us we’re not alone.”

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“When The Day Leaves”, the new album from Valley Maker
will be released on February 19th, 2021 on Frenchkiss Records

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: https://orcd.co/valleymakermockingbird 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

Valley Maker is the contemplative psych folk project of songwriter Austin Crane. Crane uses billowing, revelatory metaphors to narrate his own journey through cosmic mystery and the essential search for meaning. Check out the vital full band performance by Valley Maker live at Audiotree. Recorded on May 1st, 2019 in Chicago, IL.


Setlist : Be Born Today
 04:44, A Couple Days 03:48, Supernatural 03:39, Beautiful Birds Flying 04:06, Seven Signs 02:55, Baby, In Your Kingdom 04:03

Band Members 
Austin Crane – Vocals and Guitar
Amber Joyner – Vocals and Keys
Jared Price – Bass and Guitar
Nic Jenkins – Drums and Percussion

Daily Dose: Valley Maker, "A Couple Days"

Austin Crane is Valley Maker, a singer song-writer hailing from Seattle, USA. He will release his sophomore LP, Rhododendron, on October. 12th via Frenchkiss Records.

Following his previous single, “Light On The Ground,” Crane released another new single, album opener “A Couple Days.” The song was one of four tracks that he recorded alongside Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi whom he met back in college at the University of South Carolina. Bear produced the track and also contributed drums, bass, keyboards and backing vocals.

The song, which also has an accompanying video directed by Joseph Kolean, showcases Crane’s lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding.

The remainder of the album was produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), and includes contributions from drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis), bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), trumpeter Brandon Camarda, saxophonist Andrew Swanson and vocalist Amy Fitchette.

From the new Valley Maker record, Rhododendron – out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records.

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Seattle-based singer-songwriter Austin Crane, aka Valley Maker, will release his sophomore LP, Rhododendron, on October. 12th via Frenchkiss Records.

Following his previous single, “Light On The Ground,” Crane released another new single, album opener “A Couple Days.” The song was one of four tracks that he recorded alongside Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi whom he met back in college at the University of South Carolina. Bear produced the track and also contributed drums, bass, keyboards and backing vocals.

The song, which also has an accompanying video directed by Joseph Kolean, showcases Crane’s lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding.

The remainder of the album was produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), and includes contributions from drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis), bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), trumpeter Brandon Camarda, saxophonist Andrew Swanson and vocalist Amy Fitchette.

From the new Valley Maker record, Rhododendron – out 10.12.18 on Frenchkiss Records