WATCH THIS: Marlon Williams, ‘Come To Me’

WATCH THIS: Marlon Williams, ‘Come To Me’

“too sophisticated and idiosyncratic to be mere pastiche, with songs like ‘What’s Chasing You’ and ‘Can I Call You’ landing nearer Timber Timbre’s doomy, desolate folk or even Anohni at her most delicate.” Uncut [8/10]

“filled with heartbreak and beauty.” – MOJO [4/5 stars]

“Lead single ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’ is one of the year’s best so far—a shape-shifting, slow-burning rocker that finds Williams sharing reverb-drenched, psych-pop harmonies with his ex. . . ” The AV Club

“[Williams and Aldous Harding’s] voices are beautifully haunting, especially when they blend for the melancholy chorus against a backdrop of steady acoustic guitar strums and cinematic strings.” Paste

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams will release Make Way For Love on February 16th via Caroline/Universal NZ. Throughout 11 original songs, Williams reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship. But while this sophomore album draws on his own story, it also captures the emotional ups-and-downs of relationships we’ve all been through. New single, “Come To Me,” presents the blissful side of that spectrum.  The song’s accompanying video, directed by Martin Sagadin, features Williams and his band – David Khan (guitar), Ben Woolley (bass), and Angus Agars (drums) – enjoying a day off in their hometown of Lyttelton, NZ.

In further exciting news, it is revealed today that Julia Deans will be joining Marlon on all four New Zealand show dates this May. From honey-sweet falsetto to menacing growl, the voice of Julia Deans has offered light and shade to a variety of musical endeavours over the years. From fronting Fur Patrol’s muscular pop-rock, to co-conspirator with renowned supergroup The Adults, Deans has never shied from adding new strings to her bow. After slipping off her shoes as the charismatic front woman for Fur Patrol, Julia has stepped effortlessly into the role of solo artist – delivering some of her most exquisite songs yet including shimmery recent single  ‘Walking In The Sun’. With her sophomore solo album We Light Fire due in May this year, fans can expect to see a taster of new tunes amongst old favourites.

Make Way For Love was recorded with producer Noah Georgeson (known for his work with Joanna Newsom and Cate Le Bon) and Marlon’s backing band, The Yarra Benders, in North California’s Panoramic Studios after several weeks of pre-production in Lyttelton. The finished result moves Marlon several paces from “country” with forays into cinematic strings, reverb, rollicking guitar and at least one quiet piano ballad.


Sat. May 19 — Wellington, NZ @ Hunter Lounge |
Tue. May 22 — Dunedin, NZ @ Glenroy |
Wed. May 23 — Christchurch, NZ @ Foundry |
Fri. May 25 — Auckland, NZ @ Auckland Town Hall |


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