[ Dead Oceans / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 29 January 2021
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Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice, Make Way For Love, Marlon Williams' second album, marks his exponential growth as a songwriter. Throughout 11 original songs, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship.
While Make Way For Love draws on Marlon's own story, a new area for him after conscientiously not sharing his own life in song in the past, it captures the vagaries of relationships we've all been through: the bliss, ache, uncertainty, and bitterness. Like the best of breakup records, Make Way For Love doesn't shy away from heartbreak, but rather stares it in the face, and mines beauty from it. Delicate and bold, tender and searing, it's a mightily personal new step.
The album was recorded with producer Noah Georgeson and his backing band, The Yarra Benders, in North California's Panoramic Studios after several weeks of pre-production in his native Lyttelton, with regular collaborator Ben Edwards. The finished result moves Marlon several paces from "country" - the genre that's been affixed to him more than any in recent years, but one that's always been a bit too reductive to be wholly accurate - with forays into cinematic strings, reverb, rollicking guitar and at least one quiet piano ballad.
Come To Me
What's Chasing You
Can I Call You
Love Is A Terrible Thing
I Know A Jeweller
I Didn't Make A Plan
The Fire Of Love
Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore
Make Way For Love