Watch The In-Betweens, the latest video from American singer-songwriter Grant Earl Lavalley which was filmed in Death Valley. The song features on his debut album From Lavalley Below released last month. He shared the following with us on the video:
“I loaded up my moto and went to meet a crew of friends out in death valley for the shoot. The footage was originally intended to be a teaser for a feature-length film that Jonathan King conceptualized. Things changed with the film and it ended up getting put on hold, but Jonathan felt the death valley shots were a perfect match for “The In-Betweens” song that I’d recorded with Martin Craft. The song being about schizophrenia and the extremely separate realities we all live in was perfectly complimented by the annual cloud covering of death valley, which had a wind that blew so hard it had me riding my bike sideways.” – Grant Earl LaValley
In keeping with Grant Earl LaValley’s communal, DIY and collaborative lifestyle, From LaValley Below was recorded with a number of friends, in various cities and environments throughout the US. The album was inspired by hot Joshua Tree summers, summers that were too harsh for human habitation, and the journey to find somewhere to exist. In search of cooler climates and better conditions for recording, LaValley and his dog would hop into their ’87 Toyota van, and explore the US, recording in mobile locations. These places include his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and studios in Chicago and Los Angeles. LaValley’s record presents diverse instrumentation with its collaborative effort and communal vibe. It displays his vagabond, on the road lifestyle as a major influence, as well. While gearing up for this debut, he is currently residing in an off the grid cabin in the California desert. LaValley elicited additional musical collaboration for this release from a crew of visionary artists, including Martin Craft, Hans Wagner and Victoria Williams.