“The purity of Marlon Williams’ voice is rare and entrancing” – NPR Music
In 2020 while the world went in to lockdown, Marlon Williams released an album, that he had recorded in collaboration with Canadian duo, Kacy & Clayton. The album, called ‘Plastic Bouquet’, was recorded in 2018 on the outskirts of Saskatoon, in the middle of winter, surrounded by snow. While the trio haven’t been in the same room as one another since then, they have managed to team up remotely to record a session for NPR’s Tiny Desk. You can watch it HERE
In celebration of the release of ‘Plastic Bouquet’, and of the gradual emergence from lockdowns, Marlon has announced a rescheduled and expanded run of shows in Australia, where he’ll present a very different kind of show – a full solo performance unearthing some early material, beloved album songs and an introduction to some sparkling new works. This will be Marlon’s first solo tour in over six years.
An Evening With Marlon Williams was first toured in New Zealand, earlier this year, covering 27 sold out shows, and included a finale in Auckland that featured a much publicised duet with Lorde.
As well as touring, Marlon has recently been spotted in two episodes of the brand new Netflix series, ‘Sweet Tooth’, which is available to stream now.
Between his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut in 2015 and its equally acclaimed follow up, 2018’s ‘Make Way For Love’, the New Zealand-based Williams has played many of the world’s major festivals, toured and performed with Bruce Springsteen, Florence + The Machine, Brandi Carlile and Lorde. He has won multiple New Zealand Music Awards and APRA Awards, and was handpicked by actor & director Bradley Cooper to appear in the Academy® Award-winning film ‘A Star Is Born’. He also appears in the films ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ and the upcoming ‘Lone Wolf’.
Since its release last year, ‘Plastic Bouquet’ has been met with wide critical acclaim with Uncut Magazine awarding the album 8 out of 10 stars in their lead review, calling it a “cross-hemisphere collaboration between two teams of very distinctive artists.” Mojo stated in their 4 out of 5 Star review,
“Both acts keep country tradition close to their hearts, and Anderson’s crystal-clear voice wraps itself around Williams’ Roy Orbison croon like a modern Gram and Emmylou. Linthicum’s guitar adds texture and twang, as the interplay between the trio delivers their Plastic Bouquet close to country perfection.”
The Music called the album “Enigmatically good,” Rolling Stone Country stated, “Williams’ otherworldly croon leads the way, blending beautifully with Kacy Anderson’s voice in a winning combination of diverse talents,”
“This New Zealander’s voice is a thing of wonder, bringing to songs of love, loss, jealousy and regret real pathos and intensity. He rediscovers the Americana and plangent pop soundscapes of his debut, and lyrically, he is lethal. His textures are stunning…a wonderful album” – The Sunday Times UK
‘Plastic Bouquet’ is available to stream on all platforms now.
An Evening With Marlon Williams
Wed Sept 22 – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thurs Sept 23 – Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC
Fri Sept 24 – Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC
Tues Sept 28 – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thurs Sept 30 – Norwood Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Fri Oct 1 – Sydney Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Tickets on sale Friday 2nd July at: www.marlonwilliams.co.nz/live
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