I don’t like to use the term “Folk Rock”, probably for the same reason I don’t like to just describe music as “Rock”. There are so many subgenres in music today that using a generic term seems to imply that the music is in some way generic. While I would say the new single “No One Is Missing” by Valley Maker is where the faces of Indie Rock and Indie Folk meet, it is anything but generic.
Austin Crane, the man behind Valley Maker, has the rhythmic sensibilities and distinctive vocals reminiscent of Kurt Vile. Whether this is an influence or not, the resemblance is undeniable (in the best of ways). Self described as “atmospheric rural folk rock”, Crane’s newest single is ethereal yet foot-tapping.
The conditions of life that we all face on a daily basis affect us and our relationships, Crane explores in this track. Though this is not strictly a “quarantine tune”, Crane notes that relationships are being strained now more than ever yet music’s communal nature can be restorative.
“No One Is Missing” is out now and the music video can be viewed below. Once your obsession ensues, be sure to check out Valley Maker’s upcoming album “When The Day Leaves”, out February 19 via Frenchkiss Records.