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Quiet Marauder – ‘Tiny Men Parts’ Album Review

Quiet Marauder deliver their brand new album, Tiny Men Parts; a stunning re-imagining of their debut record Men.  

Last Friday, Cardiff-based band Quiet Marauder released their brand new album – Tiny Men PartsSeven years on from the release of their impressive debut album Men – a format-stretching project that runs across four volumes, 111 tracks and close to five hours – the band are delivering a brand new reimagining of the record. Originally narrating, and delving into the male psyche through love, rejection, breakdown, madness, intoxication and, ultimately, resolution; they have encapsulated Men into a stunning new nine track album. Powered by the songwriting prowess of Simon M. Read and Jonathan Day, the band is a loose collective; delivering a vibrant array of instrumentation that includes trumpet, tenor horn, melodica, multiple guitars, piano, layered vocals and anything else that comes to hand.

Recorded in Rat Trap Studios alongside Tom Rees, frontman of fellow Cardiff-based band Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard; the album can be seen as a celebration of Quiet Marauder’s live band over the last few years, moving away from the lo-fi, bedroom aesthetic of their debut record and embracing their rock-led sound and style. 

Delivering a stunning blend of 70s glam, folk pop and rock influences; the record layers vibrant soundscapes alongside infectious and catchy hooks that you can’t help but sing along to. With an impressive instrumentation, the album showcases the band’s artistic talent; immersing listeners in a realm of addictive percussive beats, up-tempo melodies and jangly guitar instrumentals. As can be expected, these tracks, and the record as a whole, share the same thematic and lyrical influences of its longer predecessor and inspiration. An overarching study in the darkness of toxic masculinity, lad banter and the insidiousness of gender inequality; the album delves into pogniant and important subject matter.

Decisively daft, incredibly intelligent and darkly comical; Quiet Marauder are one of the most unique artists to emerge from South Wales. And with a passionate, original and immersive artistry and style, they are certainly worth a listen! To keep up with their latest news and releases, find them on all their socials:

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