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Marlon Williams, Cut Worms - King Tuts - 26/02/18



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On the back of the release of his sophomore record ‘Make Way For Love’, New Zealander Marlon Williams returns to King Tuts to debut his new material to a Scottish audience. The record settles on a sound in which Williams’ croon swirls over Scott Walker-inspired soundscapes, and shows a marked progression from his self-titled debut, which was a ragtag collection of good ideas that was never truly comfortably in itself.
Cut Worms (or Max Clarke, to his parents) opens the show. A nervous, but towering presence onstage, Clarke shares so many similarities to George Harrison, that it’s almost frightening. His vocal style and onstage mannerisms share remarkable similarities, however most importantly, Clarke oozes a similar level of talent. Performing a selection of songs from his ‘Alien Sunset’ EP, and forthcoming debut full-length, the adopted New Yorker initially struggles to drown out the more talkative members of the audience, however by the time he closes with the excellent ‘Don’t Want To Say Good-Bye’, even the most ignorant in the crowd have fallen into a hushed awe.

Even as the main attraction, following a set like the one Cut Worms has just treated King Tuts to is a daunting prospect. Marlon Williams elects to keep things mellow as he starts solo, showcasing his incredible falsetto, before his band join him for Come To Me, glittered in glorious harmonies. It does, however, take a while for Williams and his band to properly get going, and an instantly forgettable cover of Tom Pettys Only A Broken Heart threatens to dampen the atmosphere. It is only when Williams announces the commencement of the "morbid awfulness" (his words) section of cuts from his new record that his talent shines. A beautifully


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