Valley Maker Shares Video For “Mockingbird”

Valley Maker (Austin Crane) has released “Mockingbird,” his first new music since last year’s “Supernatural” single. The track is out via Frenchkiss Records and of it he notes, “I wrote ‘Mockingbird’ within a week of moving to Columbia, SC, having just left my home of seven years in Seattle to return to the area and community I grew up in. It’s a song about trying to settle in while feeling quite unsettled. My wife, Megan, and I had just bought a small, historic house that needed (still needs!) a lot of work, and wanting to do something tangible and forward looking, I planted my favorite tree in the yard: a Japanese Maple. There’s a line in the song that acknowledges how I’ll “sit for a while and watch it grow,” as a way of accepting that season of uncertainty and transition. I guess when I wrote the song, I didn’t know how long I would be doing just that. So while “Mockingbird” was written a few months before the pandemic upended life as we knew it, the song resonates deeply, for me, with this strange season of life. Both the song and video meditate on memory, time, and aging; they both try to embrace the uncertainty, absurdity and beauty of life; and they reflect a feeling of being in-between places and communities.” 

Austin recorded “Mockingbird” in a mountain town outside of Seattle with Trevor Spencer producing, and the single features Amy Godwin on vocals and Chris Icasiano on drums/percussion. The music video, filmed and directed by Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez, incorporates film footage that Austin captured on a Super 8 camera around his neighborhood in Columbia.”