Valley Maker’s Video “Beautiful Birds Flying” Is A Flight To Escapism

Existential flight

Photo: Kyle Johnson

Seattle-based artist and PhD student (Human Geography), Valley Maker (aka Austin Crane) give us a stunning panoramic view of nature and life in his new video “Beautiful Birds Flying.” Produced by Chaz Bear (Toro y Moi), the track speaks to our primal desire for escapism and the acknowledgment of our own limitations. Watch below:

“I wrote it almost immediately after hearing about the horrific Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina – which is a city I love in the state where I grew up… The song wrestles with the presence/recurrence of violence in the world and how to respond to that – feeling tendencies towards escapism, while also acknowledging an inevitable rootedness in places and patterns that are complicit.” shared Austin.

“Beautiful Birds Flying” is from Valley Maker’s upcoming album Rhododendron, which will be out on October 12th via Frenchkiss Records. He will also start touring next month, so see him in person:

North America 2018

10/11 – Coney Island Baby (New York, NY, USA)

10/12 – Union Pool (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

10/13 – The Fort (Baltimore, MD, USA)

10/14 – Neptune’s (Raleigh, NC, USA)

10/15 – The Mothlight (Asheville, NC, USA)

10/16 – Fond Object (Nashville, TN, USA)

10/17 – 529 (Atlanta, GA, USA)

10/18 – New Brookland Tavern (Columbia, SC, USA)

10/19 – The Royal American (Charleston, SC, USA)

12/5 – The Biltmore (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

12/6 – Barboza (Seattle, WA, USA)

12/9 – Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR, USA)

12/10 – Café du Nord (San Francisco, CA, USA)

12/11 – Resident (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

12/12 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA, USA)

12/14 – The Hideout (Chicago, IL, USA)

12/15 – Colectivo (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

12/16 – 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

Europe 2018

10/27 – London Calling @ Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

10/28 – Ramsgate Music Hall (Ramsgate, UK)

10/30 – The Islington (London, UK)

11/1 – The Cookie (Leicester, UK)

11/2 – YES (Manchester, UK)

11/3 – The Old Cinema Launderette (Durham, UK)

11/4 – The Prince (Brighton, UK)

11/6 – Franzz Club (Berlin, Germany)

11/7 – FZW Indie Night (Dortmund, Germany)

11/8 – Kassette (Dusseldorf, Germany)

11/9 – Autumn Falls (Ghent, Belgium)

11/10 – Le Guess Who? (Utrecht, Netherlands)

11/11 – Autumn Falls (Antwerp, Belgium)