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Marlon Williams releases single “My Boy” with video

Posted on 05/05/2022

Listen to “My Boy”

New Zealand musician Marlon Williams returns with “My Boy,” his first new solo music since 2018’s Make Way For Love, and the announcement of a fall North American and European tour, on sale this Friday, May 6th at 10am local time. On the breezy “My Boy,” Williams’ “rare and entrancing” (NPR Music) vocals are on full display atop a loping sway of Polynesian and bluegrass guitars. He’s backed by a new cast of musicians: co-producer Tom Healy on electric guitars, LA-based drummer Paul Taylor (Feist), bassist Cass Basil (Ladyhawke, Tiny Ruins), Mark Perkins on vocals and additional production, and Elroy Finn on additional percussion.

Williams elaborates: “‘My Boy’ is a pop song with a Māori folk strum. The urge to turn every song on the planet into a Māori strummer descended on me like a fever sometime during the long and winding tour cycle of Make Way for Love. So writing it into my artistic life became the only way to get the fever to lift. 

“I turned up at Mark ‘Merk’ Perkins studio early in 2019 with ‘My Boy’ and a small handful of other tunes. Some simple songs will try to tempt and lure you into over-complication; this one showed no such insecurities. For the first time in my writing life, it didn’t even demand lyrics in the chorus. It laid itself out, buoyed by its own sailing rhythm and lightness of phrase: Mark and I fleshed out the demo with a simple drumbeat and a whimsical mellotron descant and dinner was largely on the table. Going into Roundhead with Tom and the band, we kept that simplicity, adding only some extra percussion from Elroy Finn and a folk electric guitar solo from Tom.

Shot in the height of New Zealand’s summer in Williams’ front yard and the Lyttelton Trinity Hall, the accompanying video was directed by Martin Sagadin and Williams and features choreography courtesy of Robyn Jordaan

Watch Marlon Williams’ Video for “My Boy”

Following the release of his second album, Make Way For Love, which won Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards and debuted at #1 on the New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 charts and #8 on the ARIA Australian charts, Williams became an in-demand collaborator. He sang on stage with Lorde and Florence Welch, recorded duets with Courtney Barnett, Paul Kelly, Yo-Yo Ma, an album with Kacy and Clayton, as well as composed his first film score for 2021’s Juniper. He also shifted much attention towards acting, landing major roles in films The True History of the Kelly Gang, Lone Wolf, The Beautiful Lie, current Netflix series Sweet Tooth, and a cameo in the film, A Star Is Born


Marlon Williams Tour Dates

Wed. Sep. 14 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

Thu. Sep. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made

Fri. Sep. 16 – Washington, DC @ The Miracle Theater

Sat. Sep. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Mon. Sep. 19 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall

Wed. Sep. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Thu. Sep. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf club

Sat. Sep. 24 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

Tue. Sep. 27 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

Wed. Sep. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theater

Thu. Sep. 29 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

Mon. Oct. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

Wed. Oct. 19 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory

Fri. Oct. 21 – Glasgow, IE @ King Tuts

Sat. Oct. 22- Leeds, UK @ Brudenell

Sun. Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK @ YES

Tue. Oct. 25 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds

Wed. Oct. 26 – London, UK @ Koko

Sat. Oct. 29 – Paris, FR @ La Maropquinerie

Sun. Oct. 30 – Zurich, CH @ BogenF

Wed. Nov. 2 – Munich, DE @ Ampere

Thu. Nov. 3 – Berlin, DE @ Hole44

Sat. Nov. 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil

Sun. Nov. 6 – Oslo, NE @ Parkteatret

Mon. Nov. 7 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen Klubb

Wed. Nov. 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher

Thu. Nov. 10 – Cologne, DE @ Artheatre

Sat. Nov. 12 – Antwerp, DE @ TRIX

Sun. Nov. 13 – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso