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Marlon Williams Returns With Single / Video 'My Boy'

Marlon Williams Returns With Single / Video 'My Boy'

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Derek Henderson / Wednesday 4th May, 2022 9:25AM

Lyttelton sensation Marlon Williams has unveiled his first official new solo music since 2018’s Make Way For Love (not counting his collaborative 2020 record with Kacy & Clayton), a "pop song with a Māori folk strum" going by the name of 'My Boy'. Recorded with co-producer Tom Healy on electric guitars, drummer Paul Taylor (Feist, Crowded House), bassist Cass Basil (King Sweeties, Tiny Ruins), Mark Perkins (Merk) on vocals / additional production, and Elroy Finn on additional percussion, the peppy tune releases in tandem with the announcement of a full band tour of the US, EU and UK, happening from September to mid-November. 'My Boy' is given visual life in a playful clip co-directed by Williams and Martin Sagadin, filmed in Williams’ front yard and the Lyttelton Trinity Hall — featuring choreography by Robyn Jordaan (including dancer Ben Woods) and made with support from NZ On Air...

“‘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.” — Marlon Williams 

'My Boy' is out now on major streaming services.


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