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Valley Maker - When the Day Leaves Vinyl LP - direct audio

Valley Maker - When the Day Leaves Vinyl LP

French Kiss Records

  • $ 1898


Valley Maker When the Day Leaves Vinyl LP

We have all become experts in the imbalance of uncertainty these days, newly accustomed to canceling plans and tentatively rescheduling them for some future we can only imagine. For Austin Crane – the ruminative songwriter, riveting guitarist, and singular voice – such a sense of uncertainty has emerged as his steadfast companion these last few years, a period of profound transition. This flux is the anchor for the gorgeous and felicitous When the Day Leaves.

Driven as it is by departure, When the Day Leaves marks the arrival of Valley Maker as a trustworthy narrator for these shaky times. Crane synthesizes these complex feelings into single, "No One Is Missing." All these thoughts are rendered with newfound lyrical richness, balancing intimate tidbits with universal ambiguity.

In the months before recording began, Austin convened with producer Trevor Spencer and longtime harmonizing partner Amy Godwin for sessions in Portland and Seattle, teasing out the album's interwoven arrangements and meticulous vocal harmonies. Then, in November 2019, Crane decamped from Columbia to the Pacific Northwest for a three-week session in the woods outside of Woodinville, a small town northeast of Seattle at the foot of the Cascades. He stayed in the loft of Spencer's Way Out Studio, the collaborators sealing themselves off in a horse barn-turned-recording space like kids at summer camp, just as winter's mist closed in.

The time commitment is a crucial component of When the Day Leaves. For 46 minutes, you feel like you're sitting with Crane in an intricate, unified sound-world of his design. He offloads his observations about our tangled thicket of hope and fear, aspiration and exasperation. When the Day Leaves is an uninterrupted sequence of reflections about the generational limbo of being awed by and worried for this world. The anxiety of uncertainty – always part of life but now seemingly omnipresent – can be vexing, a reality these songs acknowledge. Crane, as he sings at one point, is fully "aligned with my blues." But these songs also affirm that life is an endless opportunity for renewal, for trying again.

Valley Maker When the Day Leaves Track Listing:

1. Branch I Bend
2. No One Is Missing
3. Pine Trees
4. Instrument
5. Mockingbird
6. Aberration
7. Voice Inside The Well
8. On A Revelation
9. Freedom
10. Line Erasing
11. When The Day Leaves


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