SoundBites: Marlon Williams, Anthonie Tonnon, October, Dan Walsh, Car Seat Headrest

Marlon Williams has released a new single and video. Photo / Supplied
Marlon Williams has released a new single and video. Photo / Supplied

Marlon Williams has released a new single from his forthcoming album Make Way for Love.

What's Chasing You is the follow-up to his duet with Aldous Harding, Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore.

The video for the new track was directed by Martin Sagadin.

Of the title, Williams says: "It's an earnest question. It's the only thing I've ever really wanted to know of another human being. Like all good questions, it's childishly simple. We all want to live inside the fears of the ones we love, if not to dispel them then at the very least to understand, empathize and let's be honest, compare hands. I'm not convinced truly understanding another's woes would really bring anyone happiness, but I am a nosey boy.

What's chasing you?"

The album Make Way for Love is due February 16.


Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new EP and single Two Free Hands on the road in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

The Auckland-based former Dunedinite, who played Whanganui's Ward Observatory before Christmas, will return to the city for the Gathering in the Forest Festival on February 4, with other New Zealand performances in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Napier, Wanaka and Kapiti's Coastella Festival through January and February.

Before that Tonnon will perform in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra from next week.

Two Free Hands features contributions from Anna Coddington on vocals, Stuart Harwood on percussion and drum effects and Elizabeth Stokes on french horn.

See www.anthonietonnon.com for venue and ticket information.


Dan Walsh will play an extensive 21-date New Zealand tour to promote his critically acclaimed album Verging on the Perpendicular.

Nominated for best musician at the BBC Folk Awards in 2016, Walsh has a sound described as British, Irish and American folk music "delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves".

The New Zealand tour will include shows in Tauranga, New Plymouth, Matamata, Katikati, Hamilton, Auckland and more, including several South Island venues.

See www.danwalshbanjo.co.uk for dates and venues.


October says her new single All She Does is Stare was written with all her female heroes in mind.

"It's about those times when the best response is no response, and all you can fathom is to stare, not needing to be accountable to anyone."

The Kiwi musician, who grew up in Blenheim, said she made guitars sound like synths, and synths sound like guitars: "... a mangling of analogue and synthesis, bringing old into new."

"I found samples of clanging metal and smashing glass and used layers upon layers of distortion, feeding unconventional sounds through guitar pedals and seeing what would happen. The result? ... A real war cry for those who are too often overlooked and undermined."


Car Seat Headrest aka Will Toledo, who will follow-up last year's Laneway performance at this year's Auckland City Limits, has announced a new album, to be released next month.

The album is a re-recording and re-imagining of Toledo's 2012 release Twin Fantasy.

"It was never a finished work," said Toledo "and it wasn't until last year that I figured out how to finish it."

The album announcement comes with the release of new song Nervous Young Inhumans and its video directed by Toledo.

Video contains flashing lights

Toledo - with seven-piece band in tow - will play Auckland City Limits on March 3 at Western Springs.

Twin Fantasy will be released February 16.

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