Valley Maker's second full-length album, "Yes I Know I've Loved This World," is now available for download.
Austin Crane began releasing music under his own name while in college in Columbia, South Carolina. In his final year of school he released his first full-length record under the name Valley Maker. These new songs, based on ancient creation narratives, offered up a bazaar of surreal and mythic imagery that bordered on the absurd while somehow remaining existential. The sounds of this new project were stripped down, more indigenous, and attracted a strong grassroots following.
Moving in fall 2013 to Seattle, WA, Austin’s second album as Valley Maker is set to release on the 10th of August, entitled “Yes I know I’ve Loved This World.” This album introduces expanded percussion, guitar and vocal textures, while maintaining the independent folk ethos of the first release. Recorded over four days at Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia, SC, the new album similarly features vocals from Amy Godwin (of Anne Bonny) from Atlanta, GA and accompaniment from longtime musical collaborators/bandmates in Columbia. It is a departure lyrically from the more linear mythology narratives of the first release and leans instead of sequences of elegy and affection, a strange pairing that yields powerful songs.
Contact: crane.austin [at] gmail.com
Thanks for listening.
released 10 August 2013
Austin Crane: nylon, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, piano, vocals
Amy Godwin: vocals
Nathan Poole: electric guitar and percussion
Caleb Weathersby: percussion
James Gibson: upright and electric bass
Kenny McWilliams: piano, percussion
Recorded at Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia, SC, summer 2013
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Kenny McWilliams
Produced by Kenny McWilliams, Austin Crane and Nathan Poole
Artwork and design by Josh Rainwater
All music and lyrics ©Austin Crane, 2013