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—the end of a relationship that brought together two of Down Under’s most acclaimed talents of recent years, who’d managed to navigate the challenges of having equally ascendant—though separate—careers, until they couldn’t. While personally wrenching, the split seemed to open the floodgates for Williams as a writer. “Then I wrote about fifteen songs in a month,” he recalls. The biggest challenge? Condensing often complex, conflicted emotions and doing them justice. “Just narrowing the possibilities into like, a three-minute song makes me feel dirty”, he explains. Also, not making a breakup record that was too much of a downer. “I had a lot of good friends saying, ‘Don’t worry about sounding too sad,’” he says. “They were saying, ‘Just go with it.’”

Sure enough, while Make Way For Love draws on Williams’ own story, in remarkably universal terms it captures the vagaries of relationships that we’ve all been through: the bliss (opener “Come To Me”); ache (“Love Is a Terrible Thing”, a ballad that likens post-breakup emptiness to “a snowman melting in the spring”); nagging questions (“Can I Call You”, which wonders aloud what his ex is drinking, who she’s with, and if she’s happy); and bitterness (“The Fire Of Love”, whose lyrics Williams says he “agonized over” more than any).

The Details

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

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Price $26

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