When I Was a Child [Explicit Content]
(Gatefold LP Jacket, 2PC)
Double vinyl LP pressing. Life rarely provides obvious answers. But if you appreciate the beauty and wonder of exploring its complex mysteries, then Seattle's Valley Maker deserves your undivided attention. Recorded on opposite ends of the country, and composed during a nomadic period spanning two continents, When I Was A Child features 12 originals that contemplate life, love, and death, faith and doubt, time and space. Distinctive finger-picking, unconventional tunings, and plaintive vocals anchor songwriter Austin Crane's music. Throughout this record, longtime collaborator Amy Godwin intertwines her voice intuitively with his; the end result sounds less like two individuals harmonizing than one who sings with astonishing depth and dimension. Some selections ("Another Way Home," "Oh Lightning") mesmerize the ear with little else than voice and guitar, while others are fleshed out with bass, drums, and piano. Despite being recorded on different coasts during concurrent summers, ambient noise imbues When I Was A Child with cohesion via a sense of being in the same room with the musicians.