Album Alert: Valley Maker’s ‘Rhododendron’ Is A Folk Album For Mind Wanderers

An existential ecosystem of folk & plants

Photo: Courtesy of Grandstand Media

Seattle-based artist/PhD student Valley Maker has just debuted his record Rhododendron today via Frenchkiss Records. In case you don’t speak plants, rhododendron is a type of plant (genus, for all you flora nerds) that is found commonly in Asia an Appalachian Mountains. Now, that was too much information for today. Let’s dive into the album. Built on an intricate arrangement of moody chords covered with the smoky texture of dream pop, Rhododendron is an existential ecosystem of our own vulnerability, nature’s grandiosity, and current politics. Enjoy below:

Austin Crane is the mastermind behind Valley Maker who is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Geography. He will be touring this fall/winter, so go see him perform or ask geography questions:

North America 2018

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)