SoundBites: Marlon Williams, Estère, Koi Boys, Kimbra, Kings, Six60, Punk It Up

Marlon Williams.
Marlon Williams.

Marlon Williams will release his second album Make Way For Love in February.

The Lyttelton singer-songwriter will also undertake a massive international tour in 2018, playing in 46 cities, with New Zealand shows in May.

The album's lead single Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore is a gorgeous duet with Aldous Harding, aching with nostalgia. The song was recorded via a late-night long-distance phone call, and comes with a video filmed in New York City.

Williams has a big fan in First Aid Kit's Klara Söderberg, who posted a video on Instagram of herself dancing to one of his songs.

The Swedish folk duo, Klara and her sister Johanna, who toured Australia with Williams in 2014, will release their fourth album Ruins in January.



The launch of Estère's new video has a poignant backstory. The song Grandmother, from My Design, was recorded in the artist's Wellington villa, but the video was shot along the Cape Town peninsula at Betty's Bay. The song is a tribute to Estère's paternal grandmother and was written on the eve of her death.

Estère, whose family are from Cameroon, said she was in the middle of her 2016 southern Africa tour when she found out about the funding from NZ On Air. "I decided right then and there that I wanted to make a video for this song in Africa."

Author Sindiwe Magona plays Estère's grandmother in the clip.

Estère said collaborating with Magona was a once in a lifetime experience.

Estère will play four New Zealand shows next month, in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.


Six60's new EP is out this week, featuring six tracks that have been released each Friday over the past six weeks, including Don't Give It Up, Rivers, Vibes and this week's final instalment, Up There.


Meanwhile, Kings, who also brought out new songs on consecutive Fridays, this month released his debut album Chapter One.

Kings, who this week won Tuis at the Vodafone Music Awards for Highest Selling Single and Airplay for Don't Worry 'Bout It, will be supporting Six60 with Nico & Vinz in January on the New Zealand leg of their New Waves World Tour, with shows in Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland.


Gold Coast Kiwis The Koi Boys have released a new album.

Shake It is the follow-up to their hit debut Meant to Be and features the single Hey Senorita.

The Koi Boys, who shot to fame when they appeared on The Voice Australia, this week picked up a Vodafone Music Award for the Highest Selling Album of the Year for their release Meant To Be.



Kimbra has released the second single from the third album Primal Heart, due in January.

The attitude-laden Top of the World, the follow-up to Everybody Knows, was co-produced by Skrillex, and comes with a dark and striking video with Kimbra in a variety of outfits including a disturbing full-face mask.

Kimbra.
Kimbra.

Meanwhile, Everybody Knows has ben reworked by Oslo-based duo Apothek.


Punk's not dead, oh no. Proud Scum and Flesh D-Vice are back, joining bands including Wolfpack, Mishap, bankRobbers and the Rocket Jocks on the bill for Punk It Up, a special night to see off Auckland's Kings Arms in style.

The legendary venue will close in the new year, so this "last ever punk show" on February 18 will ensure it goes out with a bang.

As well as the top line-up punters can expect top DJs, merchandise stalls and the infamous Punk It Up After Party.

Tickets from Under the Radar.

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