Marlon Williams Took the Audience Back a Few Decades with His Soothing Voice and Old-Time Charm THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: MARLON WILLIAMS @ AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER | SXSW 3/14/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Marlon Williams: I discovered New Zealand born Marlon Williams one day as I was looking for upcoming concerts in NYC. He was going to be in performing here in late March so I decided to give him a listen on Spotify and really enjoyed his music. When I saw Williams in the SXSW schedule I thought it would be worth catching him before he made his way to my hometown, and I’m really glad I did.
What I Thought Of Marlon William’s Performance: Marlon Williams’s performance was one of the standouts from my time at the week long festival. He’s a slim, young man who walked out on stage donning an Ice Cube t-shirt and ankle cut jeans, but when he began to sing his voice boomed throughout the convention center hall. It was a pure, deep and soothing sound that I didn’t really expect to come from such a body.
Williams’ voice was accompanied by his sweet acoustic guitar to start the show, and induced a feeling of sitting on a porch in a rocking chair watching a summer sunset somewhere by a cornfield during the 1950’s. A major portion of the performance had a really old-school vibe to it that I absolutely adored. His music is very folk/acoustic, but the vocals act as the primary instrument. Williams turned out to be multi-talented as he not only sang incredibly but played the guitar and on occasion the keyboard.
Williams released an album in February called Make Way For My Love from which he played a bunch of cuts during the set. His standout single “Come to Me” was my favorite as it had a very mellow and laid-back tone that had an Elvis-era sound to it with electric guitar chords and a rhythmic drum beat. Once again, Wiliiam’s voice is what stood out the most. I highly recommend seeing him on tour when he’s in your neck of the woods. I know you won’t be disappointed as you are taken back to an older generation of music played in contemporary times.