My Record Collection - February 25, 2021

My Record Collection by Valley Maker
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My Record Collection by Valley Maker

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane aka. Valley Maker. Let's see what he goes for...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

In the Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel was an early obsession for me as I was starting to write songs. As soon as I got a turntable setup I remember being so proud to have it on vinyl. I also remember buying The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom very early on in my record collecting days, and her songs have only become more important to me over the years.


The record that made me want to be in a band was…

After The Gold Rush by Neil Young has always been inspiring to me because of how tasteful and wide-rangingly dynamic the arrangements are – from stripped-down vocal/harmony focused songs like “Tell Me Why” to down-tempo groovers like “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” to a full-on rocker like “Southern Man”. An all-time favorite record of mine.


The record I've played more than any other is…

Didn’t It Rain by Songs: Ohia is one of the records that has most helped me find my way as a songwriter. I was lucky enough to find Jason Molina’s music at a young age, and it has continued to be really important to me.


The record that always makes me feel good is…

Afro-Harping by Dorothy Ashby is a record that just makes me happy. Whether I’m by myself or hanging out with others, it always seems to elevate the moment.


The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

The Innocence Mission’s music has been deeply meaningful to me for a long time; their songs have often provided solace in hard times. It’s challenging to pick just one of their records, but I’d probably say Befriended is the one I Iisten to the most.


The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

I’m not sure about all time, but I’d like to advocate here for a collection of songs by Brother Theotis Taylor, released last year on Mississippi Records. Joyful and beautifully real music – it’s been a huge source of encouragement during the pandemic. Listen to “Somebody’s Gone,” and you’ll see what I mean.


The record with my favourite cover art is…

I just looked through my record collection, and I’d say my favorite cover art belongs to Emmaar by Tinariwen – I love the horses crossing paths in front of the band, with the mountainous desert backdrop. It perfectly represents the sonic landscape of the record. I was lucky enough to see them play a couple years ago in Seattle, and they are a life-changingly good band.


The record with my favourite title is…

World of Echo by Arthur Russell. I’ve always been drawn to records that create their own world in an immersive and transportive way, and this album is perhaps the best example of that I’ve ever encountered. I think the title is quite imaginative in relation to the experience of listening.

 

The last record I bought was…

Out of Sight by Jake Xerxes Fussell. I love Jake’s music, and having recently moved back to the Southeastern U.S. (where I grew up) there’s something about this record that feels like home to me.


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2021 is…

I’ve been looking forward to The Weather Station’s wonderful new album, Ignorance, which came out earlier this month. I have a lot of admiration for Tamara’s songwriting, and this new record is one I’m looking forward to spending more time with.


The greatest record of all time is…

Who am I to say….but, for me, it’s A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. A work of musical genius and a beacon of spiritual light, I’m inspired every time I listen. It’s been a constant companion for me during this past year of the pandemic.

 

Valley Maker's new album When The Day Leaves is out now, own it on CD here

Photo by Bree Burchfield

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