Plastic Bouquet – Marlon Williams and Kacy & Clayton – Out Now

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Plastic Bouquet - Marlon Williams and Kacy & Clayton - Out Now
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Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams are set to release their debut collaboration Plastic Bouquet tomorrow via Caroline Australia. The 11-song set was produced by Kacy Lee Anderson & Marlon Williams and was recorded in Saskatoon, SK and Nashville, TN. Plastic Bouquet has been met with wide critical acclaim with Uncut Magazine awarding the album 8 out of 10 stars and Album Of The Month, calling it a “cross-hemisphere collaboration between two teams of very distinctive artists.” Mojo stated in their 4 out of 5 Star review, “Both acts keep country tradition close to their hearts, and Anderson’s crystal-clear voice wraps itself around Williams’ Roy Orbison croon like a modern Gram and Emmylou. Linthicum’s guitar adds texture and twang, as the interplay between the trio delivers their Plastic Bouquet close to country perfection.” The Music called the album “Enigmatically good,” Rolling Stone Country stated, “Williams’ otherworldly croon leads the way, blending beautifully with Kacy Anderson’s voice in a winning combination of diverse talents,” and The Associated Press said, “It would be difficult to find another 2020 album featuring three more distinctive instruments — the voices of Anderson and Williams, and Linthicum’s electric guitar.”

Between his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut in 2015 and its equally acclaimed follow up, 2018’s
Make Way For Love, the New Zealand-based Williams has played many of the world’s major festivals, toured and performed with Bruce Springsteen, Florence + The Machine, Brandi Carlile and Lorde. He has won multiple New Zealand Music Awards and APRA Awards, and was handpicked by actor & director Bradley Cooper to appear in the Academy® Award-winning film A Star Is Born. He also appears in the films True History of the Kelly Gang and the upcoming Lone Wolf. Building a discography of five albums since 2011, the Saskatoon-based Kacy & Clayton delivered a pair of critically acclaimed albums, The Siren’s Song in 2017, and Carrying On in 2019, both produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Beyond praise from Q MagazineUncut, and more, they have racked up millions of streams, cemented themselves as an “artist’s artist,” and toured with Wilco, The Decemberists, Ray LaMontagne, Vetiver, Blitzen Trapper, among others.

As far apart as Christchurch, New Zealand and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan may seem, the three musicians find common ground between a lifelong shared passion for Western Country, Folk, and Troubadour traditions on Plastic Bouquet. “We wanted to see if we could meld hemispheres,” says Williams. “I’m bringing this Pacific style of country music with the harmonies and choral elements. Kacy & Clayton have a super identifiable sound. They embody everything I love about North American folk. There’s a rural weariness where they’re telling tales that have been told a million times in their own way. I feel the strength in it.”
While his Summer was in full swing, Williams hopped a flight to the below 20 degrees of Saskatoon for Christmas 2018. The three wrote and recorded the bulk of what would become Plastic Bouquet over the course of just three weeks, with final sessions to follow in Nashville, TN in September of last year.
In the end, Kacy, Clayton, and Marlon have brought sounds and traditions together and unlocked undeniable chemistry.

Plastic Bouquet is out NOW via Caroline Australia

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