Marlon Williams


Marlon Williams is a New Zealand based singer-songwriter whose 2015 eponymous debut garnered two New Zealand Music Awards as well as an ARIA Award Nomination (Australia's equivalent to the Grammy).  His latest album, Make Way For Love, was produced by Fidelity High favorite Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Little Joy) and issued by the Dead Oceans label.  A classic breakup record, the album was inspired by his parting with longtime girlfriend, the acclaimed singer-songwriter Aldous Harding (who also appears on the stunning duet, "Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore").  Mojo Magazine called the record "a raw and acutely personal document" while Q Magazine stated, "Make Way For Love is a brooding and soulful offering from an artist keen to burst expectations." Marlon has shared stages with Bruce Springsteen, Band of Horses, and Iron & Wine, has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival & Austin City Limits, and is currently on tour throughout the end of the year.  This is Marlon Williams' Fidelity High: Chet Baker // Chet Baker Sings // Pacific Jazz Records // 1954. Marlon says, "Chet Baker sings how he plays and plays how he sings, maaaan. Its true tho. If Disney ever made a film with a talking trumpet, Chet would be their guy. I remember first hearing this record in high school and it taking me a good few seconds to realise that he’d lowered the mouthpiece and was actually delivering words. And what words they are. 'I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains. I try to throw a party and the guy upstairs complains. I guess I’ll go through life just catching colds and missing trains, everything happens to me.' The self-deprecating melodramatic humour in those old jazz standards is just so funny and weirdly moving. I tried to buy into that in a song on my new record with lines like 'I feel about as lucky as a snowman in the spring,' just from a desire to be a part of that magical world. This is delicious music for wallowers."










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