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RELEASE DAY // Marlon Williams’ Self Titled Debut Is Out Today, Worldwide

Marlon Williams broke out in stride with his incredible voice and masterful stage presence in Australia and New Zealand last year surrounding the release of his debut, self-titled album. He topped off the year winning Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, where he performed new single, “Dark Child,” attended the ARIA Awards in Australia, where he was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album, and made his morning television debut performing“Hello Miss Lonesome” on “ABC Breakfast TV” in Australia.

Today, his self titled debut LP is out via Dead Oceans!

Order Marlon Williams’ Self Title LP now:
CD, LP & ltd tan vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

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

02/28/16 Perth, AUPerth International Arts Festival
03/05/16 Parkville, AUSMelbourne Zoo
03/06/16 Castlemaine, AU – Theatre Royal
03/09/16 Auckland, NZPowerstation
03/11/16 Mosman, AUSTaronga Zoo
03/12/16 Lone Star Valley, AUSA Festival Called Panama
03/13/16 Adelaide, AUSWOMADelaide
03/14/16 Adelaide, AUSWOMADelaide
03/15/16 Austin, TXSXSW
04/05/16 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
04/06/16 Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
04/07/16 London, UK – St. Giles In The Fields
04/08/16 Brighton, UK – The Hope And Ruin
04/11/16 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
04/12/16 Hamburg, DE – Nochtspeicher
04/13/16 Cologne, DE – YUCA
04/14/16 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up Du Label
04/15/16 Bourges, FR – Le Printemps De Bourges
04/16/16 Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
04/18/16 Dublin, IE – Whelans
04/19/16 Manchester, UK – The Night And Day Cafe
04/20/16 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
04/21/16 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
05/17/16 Ann Arbor, MIThe Ark *
05/18/16 Toronto, ONDanforth Music Hall *
05/20/16 New York, NYThe Town Hall *
05/21/16 Washington, DCLincoln Theatre *
05/22/16 Boston, MAWilbur Theatre *
05/24/16 Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer *
05/26/16 Atlanta, GABuckhead Theatre *
05/27/16 New Orleans, LAThe Civic Theatre *
05/28/16 Dallas, TXThe Kessler Theatre *
05/30/16 Tucson, AZThe Rialto Theatre *
05/31/16 Los Angeles, CAThe Fonda Theatre *
06/02/16 San Francisco, CAGreat American Music Hall *
06/03/16 Portland, ORAladdin Theater *
06/04/16 Seattle, WANeptune Theatre *
06/05/16 Boise, IDEgyptian Theatre *
06/07/16 Boulder, COBoulder Theater *
06/08/16 Omaha, NESlowdown *
06/09/16 Minneapolis, MNVarsity Theater *
06/10/16 Milwaukee, WITurner Hall Ballroom *
06/11/16 Chicago, ILThalia Hall *

* w/ Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop

WATCH // Marlon Williams To Release Self Titled Debut LP February 19th, Shares Video For “Dark Child”

Marlon Williams broke out in stride with his incredible voice and masterful stage presence in Australia and New Zealand last year surrounding the release of his debut, self-titled album. He topped off the year winning Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, where he performed new single, “Dark Child,” attended the ARIA Awards in Australia, where he was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album, and made his morning television debut performing “Hello Miss Lonesome” on “ABC Breakfast TV” in Australia.

It’s now time for Williams to make his mark on North America and the rest of the world. His debut album will see its release outside of NZ/Australia on Feb. 19 via Dead Oceans. But before that day’s arrival, Williams kicks off the year presenting the twisted video for the aforementioned single “Dark Child” where director Damian Golfinopoulos deconstructs the idea of a shared tragedy as if it were a deranged game played out on a movie set by a procession of actors. And at the end of the month, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders’ debut headline tour in North America begins. 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’ Self Title LP now:
CD, LP & ltd tan vinyl // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local independent record store

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

Mon. Jan. 18 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Thu. Jan. 21 – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church
Fri. Jan. 29 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club – SOLD OUT
Sun. Jan. 31 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Mon. Feb. 1 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
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
Thu. Feb. 18 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Sat. Feb. 20 – Nantes, FR @ Le Stereolux (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Sun. Feb. 21 – Mérignac, FR @ Krakatoa (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Mon. Feb. 22 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106 (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Sun. Feb. 28 – Perth, WA @ Perth International Arts Festival
Sat. March 5 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Zoo
Wed. March 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation
Fri. March 11 – Sydney, AU @ Taronga Zoo
Sat. March 12 – Lonestar Valley, TAS @ A Festival Called Panama
Sun. March 13 – Mon. March 14 – Adelaide, SA @ Womadelaide
Tue. March 15 – Sun. March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

WATCH // New Artist Marlon Williams’ “Strange Things” Video And Tour Dates

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Dead Oceans is delighted to announce New Zealand-born Marlon Williams will be joining its roster and releasing a new album in early 2016. With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma, individuality and superior stage presence to match, the 24-year old singer, songwriter, and performer will radiate boldly alongside a roster that includes The Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent, Ryley Walker, Julianna Barwick, Kevin Morby, Bill Fay, and more. He is bound to be one of the most talked about new artists of 2016.

Marlon Williams grew up in New Zealand signing in the Christchurch cathedral choir before his father, a Maori punk singer, turned him onto country music in his teens. He founded The Unfaithful Ways at 17 with his high school friends and their science teacher, and quickly gained national attention, playing Big Day Out, touring with Justin Townes Earle, and picking up a Critics Choice award nomination at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards. That same year, Williams met acclaimed country singer Delaney Davidson, and the pair began performing as a duo. Over two years they released three volumes of the series Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, garnering the New Zealand Country Song and Country Album of the Year Awards in 2013.

Williams began performing the odd solo show in late 2012, and relocated to Melbourne to perform as Marlon Williams in mid-2013. He quickly grew a local cult following, which soon grew into a passionate national fan base. 2014 found Williams playing major festivals and making television appearances leading to sold out tours of Australia and New Zealand before heading into the studio to record his debut solo album. Released in his home continent this past spring, Marlon Williams received widespread acclaim, debuting at #4 on the New Zealand charts, and has received nominations at every major awards in Australia and New Zealand this year. In response to a recent show in Sydney, the Sydney Morning Herald glowed “what a terrific show. Fun and funny, sad and blue, it had flashes of modernity amid vast swathes of history and offered up the promise of a future completely unpredictable and completely watchable.” Now it’s time for Marlon Williams to make his mark on the rest of the world.

To understand the captivating essence of Marlon Williams, watch his powerful performance of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Portrait of a Man from a performance at the Theatre Royal in Christchurch, and the official video Strange Things,” a harmonically and thematically twisted tune o where the protagonist is driven mad with grief over his lost wife and loneliness. And to best understand what makes Marlon Williams such a compelling performer and songwriter, experience him live at CMJ next month!

Stream/Purchase “Strange Things”:

on Spotify // Apple Music // iTunes

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

Wed. Oct. 1 – Napier, NZ @ St. John’s Cathedral
Fri. Oct. 2 – Tauranga, NZ @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Sat. Oct. 3 – Auckland, NZ @ Holy Trinity
Sun. Oct. 4 – Auckland, NZ @ St. Mary’s at Holy Trinity
Mon. Oct. 5 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Tue. Oct. 6 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Thu. Oct. 8 – Christchurch, NZ @ St. Michael All Angels
Fri. Oct. 9 – Christchurch, NZ @ The Cardboard Cathedral
Sat. Oct. 10 – Dunedin, UK @ Knox Church
Mon. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot [School Night]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right [NZ Music Commission, 7pm]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rockwood Stage 2 [Communion, 9pm]
Wed. Oct. 14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge [CAA, 7pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Pianos [Atypical Beasts, 12:30pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Living Room [School Night, 6:15pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Productive Studios [Sofar, 9:15pm]
Fri. Oct. 16 – New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse [Secretly Group Showcase, 8:15pm]
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Tue. Oct. 20 – Bristol, UK @ The Gallimaufry
Wed. Oct. 21 – Manchester, UK @ Eagle Inn
Fri. Oct. 23 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
Sat. Oct. 24 – Belfast, IE @ McHugh’s Bar
Sun. Oct. 25 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Mon. Oct. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Oct. 28 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Thu. Oct. 29 – Gent, BE @ Trefpunt
Fri. Oct. 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – London Calling Festival
Sat. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Jazz Café
Sun. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Gruener Salon
Thu. Nov. 5 – Perth, AU @ Four 5 Nine
Fri. Nov. 6 – Bunbury, AU @ Prince of Wales
Sat. Nov. 7 – Fremantle, AU @ Fly By Night
Sat. Nov. 8 – Dunsborough, AU @ Clancy’s Fish Pub
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
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
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
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
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 #

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