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The Gift

Quiet Marauder (feat. Kadesha Drija)

SKU: BWR054

Barcode: 0741813414560

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Following swiftly on from last year’s Tiny Men Parts EP, Quiet Marauder re-enter the sonic fray with their latest Bubblewrap Collective long-player, The Gift, on 9th April 2021. Taking a strong divergence from the bombastic pop-punk of its predecessor, The Gift sees backing vocalist Kadesha Drija step to the foreground for the majority of the album, standing afront a richly crafted, multi-instrumental acoustic-folk backdrop.

Recorded pre-pandemic, January 2020, in The Burning Hell’s (Canada) pop-up Snowbird Studios, aka an art deco villa in Riofreddo, near Rome (Italy), this release marks another chapter in the ongoing international collaboration between the bands. For this album, Quiet Marauder’s (Wales) contributions of acoustic guitar, bass, trumpet and layered lead and backing vocals are granted further textural depth from their Canadian counterparts. These include minimalist harmonic splashes of flute, piano, organ (Jake Nicoll), electric guitar, bouzouki (Darren Browne) and bass clarinet (Ariel Sharratt).

Returning to the conceptual songwriting approach of previous releases MEN and The Crack And What It Meant, The Gift charts the narrative of a troubled teenage girl (Willow) haunted by visions of a mysterious house fire. Willow’s path is traced through well-meaning foster parents, teenage love interests, time-bending superpowers, distrust of domestic appliances and, ultimately, her own memories; covering themes of self-identity and the fallibility of human recall. Though the album marks a more overtly serious tone for the band, the sensitive subject matter is delicately handled through their trademark low-key, observational and, sometimes, darkly humorous lyrics.

For Fans Of: The Burning Hell; Belle & Sebastian; Iron & Wine.

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Track Listings

  1. Pilot: The Fire
  2. Will I Remember To Remember?
  3. My New Foster Parents
  4. No Friends, Just Visions
  5. Her Love Interest
  6. His Love Interest
  7. The Future Is Bright, The Future Is Orange
  8. I, Robot?
  9. The Ballad Of Loss And Self-Doubt
  10. The Domestic Accomplices
  11. Mastering My Powers
  12. Infinite Versions Of Myself, Same Old House Fire
  13. Let’s Run Into The Flames Together
  14. Epic Plot Twist: Extinguished

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