Breakup albums usually take one of two directions - impulsive, bullheaded rejection of any former feelings, or a schmaltzy whimper for commiseration. On Marlon Williams' latest record, a third brand is explored - a genuine postmortem reflection of vanishing desires and disoriented significance. The result is the Melbourne artist's finest work, weighted and balanced with an unambiguous message chaperoned by indomitable instrumentation.
The record is Williams' first release since the amorous fissure surfaced between him and singer-songwriter Aldous Harding. Make Way For Love is the follow-up to his much more country and rootsy self-titled record from 2015. Williams' Roy Orbison-esque vocals sing impassioned lyrics about his abandoned post in Harding's life where the singer once occupied. On "Can I Call You," a dark doo-wop ballad longs for relief through the simple palaver over the phone: "How's the weather there?/Hope you're keeping warm/Don't you remember/You sound happy."
Though the record is a portrait of a man feeling "as lucky as a snowman in the Spring," Make Way For Love eclipses any previous attempts to narrate the emotional impairment of lost love and replenishes any empty heart with the latent beauty of rediscovering yourself and confronting despondency.