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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.