27 year old New Zealand musician, Marlon Williams has a very 50's esque to his appearance, music and style and he's an artist that definitely has his own unique sound. I came across Marlon just over a year ago now and he captivated me instantaneously. Coming into The Metro Theatre on a chilly Thursday night and it was absolutely packed to the brim, in all honestly I was surprised this show was sold out (as well as his other shows on his tour) purely because I didn't realise he was so popular in Australia and also with an older crowd too. I actually felt quite young and I'm 24, which kind of made me appreciate the show even more.
As the band entered the stage everyone cheered and roared and Williams walked out, what a tall and lanky guy he is! Always so surprising when you see an artists you've listened to for so long in the flesh and it's really not something you were expecting. The stage was filled with multiple different instruments, synths, double bass and loads more. The latest album from Marlon 'Make Way For Love' got a lot of attention, there was a purity throughout the album with love, past relationships and more being shared beautifully throughout the album. It may be a breakup record but Marlon is certainly not feeling that pain anymore, he waltzes around the stage grooving around with the mic, dancing here and there.
His vocals are really what make this live act individual, extremely romantic and perfect for a red wine and swaying with your lover. The audience roared the lyrics back when the songs were more upbeat and when Williams slowed it down so did the audience, the reception was just incredible.
A very exciting guest was brought out on stage, Julia Jacklin. Marlon usually does a duet with fellow female New Zealand act, Aldous Harding but being in Australia he brought out our homegrown angel. What a beautiful duet it was, effortless and warm and fuzzy.
What an excellent evening, extremely beautiful and heart warming. What a voice and band!
Impressive to say the least
Reviewer: Sarah McEwan