Valley Maker, the project of Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane, released his album ‘Rhododendron’ via Frenchkiss Records on 12th October.
Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane’s native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity.
With a cast of collaborators that includes Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi (who played on and produced half of the album’s tracks), producer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), Beach House drummer James Barone, and Father John Misty bassist Eli Barone, the sound of Rhododendron runs rich and deep.
Listen to Rhododendron HERE.