Valley Maker


Valley Maker is the brainchild of songwriter Austin Crane. Now based out of Seattle, Austin has been writing songs and performing as Valley Maker in frequent collaboration with Amy Godwin and other musicians between South Carolina and Washington since 2010. Valley Maker released their latest full length record, When I Was A Child, on September 25th, 2015.

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    • SPIN - “The first track from Southern ex-pat Austin Crane’s Seattle-based folk project is as lonely as the title would suggest. Though his subtle, twanging strings and serene background noises convey a sense of a haunting warmness, there are somber themes of loss, too… The emotional heart of this quietly beautiful song conveys a rustic happiness — even if it might be a little lost.” on Only Friend

      Stereogum - “On ‘Only Friend,’ the first song from upcoming Valley Maker album When I Was A Child, Crane meditates on faith and his Southern upbringing over a constant ripple of acoustic guitar, gentle but insistent, while Amy Godwin lends his plaintive voice a ghostly echo.”

      The Line of Best Fit - “[He] sends shivers across your spine with the bittersweet riffery” on Pretty Little Life Form

      American Standard Time - “Rich with sonorous vocals, drenched in lace-like harmonies, embedded in forests of acoustic guitar, entwined with complex lyrics and heartworn thoughts.”

      Wild Honey Pie - “[A]coustic strums and beautiful harmonies.”

      Charleston City Paper - “The new album by Valley Maker, a.k.a singer-songwriter Austin Crane, is an exercise in mood. When I Was A Child contains layers of haunting vocal harmonies careening through a reverb-soaked, massive-sounding production backdrop, framed only by Crane’s delicate, spidery acoustic guitar and his fragile, angular voice… It’s a startlingly cohesive body of songs.”

      Portland Mercury - “When I Was a Child is an understated and beautiful rumination on grace and desire, as sung by one who has spent his life in pursuit of and retreat from both.”