STAFF PICK: "One of the most beautiful albums to come out of Aotearoa in recent years, Marlon's voice is one of a kind and the vulnerability and storytelling of this album is unmatched." - Lucia
Marlon Williams released his sophomore album,Make Way For Love, onFebruary 16thviaCaroline Australia. Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice,Make Way For Lovemarks Marlon’s 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.
WhileMake Way For Lovedraws 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 Lovedoesn’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 for Marlon.
Make Way For Lovewas recorded with producerNoah Georgesonand his backing band,The Yarra Benders, in North California’s Panoramic Studios after several weeks of pre-production in his native Lyttelton, New Zealand with regular collaboratorBen 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.