In the mood for mischief, Marlon finds a convincing vampire costume and races to the screening but arrives minutes too late. Lights are low, and failing to find a seat, Marlon quietly reclines on the staircase. When the lights are finally raised he quickly slips away, followed by whispers and astonished stares. Marlon remembers it as a pivotal moment – the start of a new chapter in his life – and one referenced in non-album single Vampire Again.
It’s also perhaps a symbolic gesture by a prodigy wholly committed to his craft. Humour, pathos, intrigue and poignancy are everywhere on this second album; songs span the two years he’s been away (touring with artists like Bruce Springsteen) and mirror some of the self-reflection that follows in the wake of a break-up.
Former partner Aldous Harding appears on the stunning duet Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore. The soulful songs all deal in heartbreak and hope. They’re haunting and unforgettable, like a half-glimpsed spectre leaving a film screening on Halloween.
Make Way For Love is out Feb 16 via Caroline.
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