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NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS // Marlon Williams Claims ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ And ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’

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“Thanks so very much for deeming me appropriate to win this award, it looks so cool and I will never give it away”

Marlon Williams

Our newest signee, Marlon Williams, came away with two awards from the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, for ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ for his self-titled solo album, which Dead Oceans is releasing worldwide in the Spring of 2016.

Congratulations Marlon! Watch a short clip of his reaction below and check out his tour dates at the end of this post.

Order Marlon Williams:
via Dead Oceans // Apple Music // iTunes

Marlon Williams Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

11/20/15 Newcastle, AU – The Small Ballroom
11/21/15 Sydney, AU – Oxford Arts Factory
11/22/15 Milton, New South Wales – Milton Theatre
11/24/15 Wollongong, New South Wales – Rad Bar
11/25/15 Canberra, New South Wales – Transit Bar
11/27/15 Melbourne, New South Wales – Prince Bandroom
11/28/15 Hunter Valley, New South Wales – A Doy on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
11/29/15 Mount Cotton, Queensland – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
12/03/15 Adelaide, AU – The Gov
12/04/15 Darwin, AU – Railway Club
12/06/15 Yarra Valley, VIC – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
12/10/15 Geelong, VIC – The Workers Club
12/11/15 Newport, VIC – The Substation
12/12/15 Barossa Valley, AU – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
12/13/15 Kings Park, AU – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
01/29/16 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
01/31/16 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
02/02/16 San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
02/02/16 Los Angeles , CA – Bootleg Bar
02/05/16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
02/06/16 Toronto, ON – Dakota Tavern
02/08/16 Nashville, TN – The Basement
02/09/16 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
02/10/16 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
03/09/16 Auckland, NZ – Powerstation
03/15/16 Austin, TX – SXSW

RELEASE DAY // Mark McGuire Releases ‘Beyond Belief’ Worldwide

He’s from another planet…” – The 405

a modern Krautrock acolyte following in the footsteps of Manuel Göttsching, expands his typical palette on the new one…” – Resident Advisor

Beyond Belief, Mark McGuire’s second full-length for Dead Oceans, finds him now well on the way of his own trip. Fantastical liner note tales written to accompany and set the stage for his mostly-wordless songs delight and confound. Throughout nine tracks we find an unrelenting drive to refine, build upon, focus and maximize the effect of an already remarkably prolific body of work. Though deservedly known for his virtuosic multitracked guitar playing, McGuire in fact plays every bass / synth / piano note, and every beat on the album himself, his vocals more prominent than ever before. 26 months in the making, the passion going into Beyond Belief is self-evident, and the effect is overwhelming.

Buy Beyond Belief now:
LP, CD & cassette bundles // Apple Music // Support your local independent store

WATCH // Marlon Williams Shares Video For “Hello Miss Lonesome,” Adds US Headlining Dates

New Zealand artist Marlon Williams will release his self-titled, debut album on February 19th on Dead Oceans. With his exceptionally versatile and evocative voice, Williams truly inhabits his material and presents a remarkably assured and diverse debut. The album’s rollicking, acrobatic opening, “Hello Miss Lonesome,” features Williams’ vocals soaring atop bluegrass guitars and a tight snare. It’s accompanying video, directed by Damien Shatford, is a heady visual counterpart presenting Miss Lonesome as an emotional chameleon, dragging Williams through a confusing internal space. Five different actors, each with the same aesthetic but different emotional rules, comprise Miss Lonesome. One may notice nods to Todd Solondz’s “Palindromes,” or that famous bathhouse scene in “Eastern Promises.” Visit The FADER for Williams’ take on the shoot.

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders’ first headline tour in North America kicks off in late January. The band will be a four piece: Marlon Williams (guitar/vocals), Gus Agars (drum/vocals), Ben Woolley (bass/vocals) and Dave Khan (electric guitar/mandolin/fiddle/vocals). All dates are below.

Pre-order Marlon Williams:
CD, LP & ltd tan vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Your local independent record store

Marlon William Tour Dates:
(tix and info here)
Thu. Nov. 12 – Maroochydore, AU @ Sol Bar
Fri. Nov. 13 – Currumbin, AU @ Solid Lounge
Sat. Nov. 14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
Sun. Nov. 15 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Theare
Mon. Nov. 16 – Bellingen, AU @ St Margaret’s Hall
Fri. Nov. 20 – Newcastle, AU @ The Small Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Wed. Nov. 25 – Canberra, AU @ Transit Bar
Fri. Nov. 27 – Melbourne, AU @ Prince Bandroom
Sat. Nov. 28 – Hunter Valley, New South Wales @ A Day on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW #
Sun. Nov. 29 – Mount Cotton, Queensland @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 10 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
Fri. Dec. 11 – Newport, VIC @ The Substation
Sat. Dec. 12 – Barossa Valley, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Sun. Dec. 13 – Kings Park, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Jan. 21 – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church
Fri. Jan. 29 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Sun. Jan. 31 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Tue. Feb. 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
Wed. Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Fri. Feb. 5 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sat. Feb. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Dakota Tavern
Mon. Feb. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Tue. Feb. 9 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Wed. Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Wed. March 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation
Tue. March 15 – Sun. March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

# w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers

WATCH // The Tallest Man On Earth Shares Video For “Darkness Of The Dream”

Kristian Matsson of The Tallest Man On Earth has spent most of 2015 sharing new sides of both himself and his work. Not only was his excellent new album, Dark Bird Is Home, out now via Dead Oceans, a dynamic and revealing look into personal struggles, but it was also accompanied by a series of firsts: his first late night performance on Conan, his first daytime television performance on CBS This Morning, his first international tour with a full band, and now, his first music video that incorporates his dance skills. It’s for “Darkness of the Dream,” a favorite off Dark Bird Is Home, and a song that was not shared pre-release, making this beautifully crafted video all the more special. The film traces the footwork of a choreographed dance spliced with visions of a mossy forest and Matsson’s journey through a rocky valley. Jakob Wallin directed the video, while the cinematography was by Jesper Guldbrand.

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
via Secretly Distribution // iTunes // Amazon // independent stores

LISTEN // Mark McGuire Shares “Sons Of The Serpent” From ‘Beyond Belief’

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Beyond Belief, his second full-length for Dead Oceans, finds McGuire now well on the way of his own trip. Fantastical liner note tales written to accompany and set the stage for his mostly-wordless songs delight and confound. Throughout nine tracks we find an unrelenting drive to refine, build upon, focus and maximize the effect of an already remarkably prolific body of work. Though deservedly known for his virtuosic multitracked guitar playing, McGuire in fact plays every bass / synth / piano note, and every beat on the album himself, his vocals more prominent than ever before. 26 months in the making, the passion going into Beyond Belief is self-evident, and the effect is overwhelming.

“Sons Of The Serpent” is no exception, blending shoegaze and heavy synth textures, this is one of the few songs with lyrics on the record and it is epic.

Pre-Order Beyond Belief:
LP, CD & cassette bundles: http://smarturl.it/markmcguire
Stream or download ‘Sons Of The Serpent’ on Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/markmcguire_apple
Support your local independent store: http://smarturl.it/markmcguire_ind

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