RIYL: Shearwater, Justin Townes Earle, Julia Jacklin, The Wild Reeds
Label: Dead Ocean
Marlon Williams is back with a quasi-breakup album sure to tug on peoples heartstrings. The New Zealand singer/songwriter is releasing a limited edition white vinyl, limited edition 7″, CD and poster as a bundle only. I’m not a huge follower of Marlon, so I’ll let Dead Ocean fill you in:
In early December, Williams and his longtime girlfriend, musician Aldous (Hannah) Harding, broke upâthe end of a relationship that brought together two of Down Underâs most acclaimed talents of recent years, whoâd managed to navigate the challenges of having equally ascendantâthough separateâcareers, until they couldnât. While personally wrenching, the split seemed to open the floodgates for Williams as a writer. âThen I wrote about fifteen songs in a month,â he recalls. The biggest challenge? Condensing often complex, conflicted emotions and doing them justice. âJust narrowing the possibilities into like, a three-minute song makes me feel dirtyâ, he explains. Also, not making a breakup record that was too much of a downer. âI had a lot of good friends saying, âDonât worry about sounding too sad,ââ he says. âThey were saying, âJust go with it.ââ
Sure enough, while Make Way For Love draws on Williamsâ own story, in remarkably universal terms it captures the vagaries of relationships that weâve all been through: the bliss (opener âCome To Meâ); ache (âLove Is a Terrible Thingâ, a ballad that likens post-breakup emptiness to âa snowman melting in the springâ); nagging questions (âCan I Call Youâ, which wonders aloud what his ex is drinking, who sheâs with, and if sheâs happy); and bitterness (âThe Fire Of Loveâ, whose lyrics Williams says he âagonized overâ more than any).
Marlon Williams 'Make Way For Love' Deluxe Bundle includes:
1. 'Make Way For Love' limited-edition white vinyl
2. 'Make Way For Love' CD
3. Limited-edition "Vampire Again" 7"
4. Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on release day
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive