11 Shades of Love

by Quiet Marauder

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Following a record-breaking, critically-acclaimed and sold-out 111-song debut surely ranks up there with the most 'difficult of second albums'. But this is what Cardiff-based, anti-folk-pop mavericks Quiet Marauder are courageously set to do with the release of 11 Shades Of Love on 29th June 2015 through Bubblewrap Collective. Having toned down the impressively monolithic five-hour duration of previous release MEN to a breezy, scintillating 32 minutes, band leader Simon M. Read explains the thought process:

"Releasing something the scale of MEN gave us a bit of a reputation for defying expectations. We wanted to maintain that reputation and thought the best way to defy the expectation of defying expectations would be to conform. That's why we went for the traditional 11 songs and 30 minutes. And why we're insistent the album is available as a compact disc, too"

Typically left field in approach, song topics for the album include dating technologies, social awkwardness, retinal tattoos, nostalgia, port-a-loos and chat-up lines. These are all processed through the conceptual filter of love as well as the band's collective musical imagination to incorporate splashes of lounge, electro, acoustic folk and pop. The end result sees Quiet Marauder inhabiting the same bittersweet comedic terrain that already includes The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Jeffrey Lewis and The Burning Hell as its residents.

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released June 29, 2015

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