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 up‚ÄĒthe end of a relationship that brought together two of Down Under‚Äôs most acclaimed talents of recent years, who‚Äôd managed to navigate the challenges of having equally ascendant‚ÄĒthough separate‚ÄĒcareers, until they couldn‚Äôt. While personally wrenching, the split seemed to open the floodgates for Williams as a writer. ‚ÄúThen I wrote about fifteen songs in a month,‚ÄĚ he recalls. The biggest challenge? Condensing often complex, conflicted emotions and doing them justice. ‚ÄúJust narrowing the possibilities into like, a three-minute song makes me feel dirty‚ÄĚ, he explains. Also, not making a breakup record that was too much of a downer. ‚ÄúI had a lot of good friends saying, ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt worry about sounding too sad,‚Äô‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúThey were saying, ‚ÄėJust go with it.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Sure enough, while Make Way For Love draws on Williams‚Äô own story, in remarkably universal terms it captures the vagaries of relationships that we‚Äôve all been through: the bliss (opener ‚ÄúCome To Me‚ÄĚ); ache (‚ÄúLove Is a Terrible Thing‚ÄĚ, a ballad that likens post-breakup emptiness to ‚Äúa snowman melting in the spring‚ÄĚ); nagging questions (‚ÄúCan I Call You‚ÄĚ, which wonders aloud what his ex is drinking, who she‚Äôs with, and if she‚Äôs happy); and bitterness (‚ÄúThe Fire Of Love‚ÄĚ, whose lyrics Williams says he ‚Äúagonized over‚ÄĚ 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