Marlon Williams Offers Something for Everyone
Christchurch-born singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is currently touring New Zealand promoting his second studio album Make Way for Love. His recent performance in Melbourne is reviewed by Eve Fisher for The Canberra Times.
“The sold-out crowd packed the Forum [Theatre] well before Marlon Williams graced the stage; a telling sign we were in for a treat,” Fisher writes.
“Williams opened alone and by the time his band joined him the audience was clearly sold on what lay before them. The 27-year-old has one of those voices that rarely disappoints and it’s worth noting he harmonises with himself in his recorded work. Translating the sound into a live performance takes fine musicians with the vocal range to match his lead. Williams found that in his touring band, and their harmonies were beautifully interspersed with the soulful, sometimes melancholy sounds of a master of the minor chord.
“Williams is one of those artists who clearly enjoys himself on stage and said as much to the crowd. ‘I’m overwhelmed,’ he said, before admitting he was winding us up. ‘Nah, I’m not. I love it up here.’ [Williams] was clearly pleased to be back in Melbourne, where he has lived for four years. Perhaps it was the hometown vibe that prompted him to test tracks he’d never played before, as well as songs like the haunting Dark Child, clearly a crowd favourite.
“It was the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover Portrait of a Man during the encore that was the true show-stopper and the perfect way to end a performance by a man who could easily be a young Elvis or down-to-earth, bean-pole Antipodean Roy Orbison. There was something for everyone and the energy in the room was palpable for the entire show.”
Williams plays on 25 and 26 May at Auckland Town Hall. He returns to Australia on 14 June with a show in Hobart at the Odeon Theatre.
Original article by Eve Fisher, The Canberra Times, May 13, 2018.
Photo by David Harris.