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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: 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