'My Boy' was recorded with co-producer Tom Healy on electric guitars, drummer Paul Taylor (Feist, Crowded House), bassist Cass Basil (King Sweeties, Tiny Ruins), Mark Perkins (Merk) on vocals / additional production, and Elroy Finn on additional percussion. The video, filmed in Williams’ front yard and the Lyttelton Trinity Hall, is a visual testament to the song's effortless movement and brilliance, with Williams dancing along fluently with fellow dancers (including Ben Woods) to choreography by Robyn Jordaan. The video was made with the support of NZ on Air.
Marlon Williams will also be touring the US, EU and UK with his full band in September to mid November.
“‘My Boy is a pop song with a Māori folk strum. The urge to turn every song on the planet into a Māori strummer descended on me like a fever sometime during the long and winding tour cycle of Make Way for Love. So, writing it into my artistic life became the only way to get the fever to lift.
I turned up at Mark ‘Merk’ Perkins studio early in 2019 with My Boy and a small handful of other tunes. Some simple songs will try to tempt and lure you into over-complication; this one showed no such insecurities. For the first time in my writing life, it didn’t even demand lyrics in the chorus. It laid itself out, buoyed by its own sailing rhythm and lightness of phrase: Mark and I fleshed out the demo with a simple drumbeat and a whimsical mellotron descant and dinner was largely on the table. Going into Roundhead with Tom and the band, we kept that simplicity, adding only some extra percussion from Elroy Finn and a folk electric guitar solo from Tom.” — Marlon Williams
Watch and listen below.