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Marlon Williams


Fri 13 Feb 2015, 8:30pm

Where: Chicks Hotel, 2 Mount Street, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: R18

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Listed by: Mushroom Promotions

Marlon Williams
Sets out on the 'dark child' tour this February with full band The Yarra Benders
with support from Eb & Sparrow

Following a sold-out solo tour in July, 2-time New Zealand Music Award winner Marlon Williams has announced a full band national tour in February to celebrate the release of his new single Dark Child.

Written by Williams’ close friend Tim Moore, Dark Child was recorded in Lyttelton with long time producer Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson) and is the lead single from Williams’ debut album due for release in April.

Dark Child presents a different sound for Williams, but perfectly captures the juxtaposition between heavy and light, dark and beautiful that is ever present in his work.

The song builds with chugging acoustic guitar and atmospheric choral and guitar overlays, as Williams croons “one day all this could be yours if you only had the will to outlive your mother and I”.

After a restrained, slow, build up, the track then catapults into the stratosphere, with Williams angelic voice soaring over distorted, wailing guitars.

Williams has spent the past 18 months based in Melbourne, playing some of the biggest festivals in Australia including Meredith, Queenscliff, Mullumbimby, Big Sound, Darwin and Brisbane Music Festivals, supporting Australian tours for Justin Townes Earle and First Aid Kit, featuring on nationwide television show Rockwiz, and being invited to perform at a sold out Sydney Opera House for TEDx Sydney.

Australian media have also been lavishing praise on Williams for his incredible live show, Billboard Magazine saying “expect to see and hear a lot more from this man with the voice of an angel” and The Music proclaiming “Marlon Williams is currently the finest in his field”.

He will be joined by Wellington band Eb & Sparrow, performing as a duo at all shows. They have supported the likes of Rodriguez, Pokey LeFarge and Beth Orton in recent times, and released their debut album in September 2014 to critical acclaim.

Praise for Marlon Williams

“Expect to see and hear a lot more from this man with the voice of an angel” Billboard Magazine
“Marlon Williams is currently the finest in his field” The Music
“The impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt” Beat Magazine
“Acoustic solo support is usually an excuse for everyone to chat loudly but Marlon held the sold out crowd utterly transfixed for the duration of his set drawing comments from the sound engineers backstage that they had never seen the a crowd there so silent and absorbed.” FBI Radio

"Williams again put on a flawless set that was full of charisma and good humour whilst playing tunes about infanticide and heartbreak." Xpress Magazine

“He’s country music, but with a new bent to it. It’s powerful and raw, he’s one to watch” Rhythms Magazine

“This first time in a really long time in my life that I’ve looked at a kid that’s 22 years old and just went “Whoa”…he’s a great songwriter, an amazing singer and a (expletive) guitar player. That’s the whole package” Justin Townes Earle

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