Marauder (Interpol album)

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Marauder
Interpol - Marauder cover art.png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 2018 (2018-08-24)
RecordedDecember 6, 2017 – April 18, 2018
Studio
Genre
Length44:34
LabelMatador
ProducerDave Fridmann
Interpol chronology
El Pintor
(2014)
Marauder
(2018)
Singles from Marauder
  1. "The Rover"
    Released: June 7, 2018
  2. "Number 10"
    Released: July 30, 2018
  3. "If You Really Love Nothing"
    Released: August 23, 2018

Marauder is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Interpol. It was released on August 24, 2018, by Matador Records.[1] It was produced by Dave Fridmann and recorded at his studio, Tarbox Road, in Cassadaga, New York from December 6, 2017 through April 18, 2018.[2][3]

Three singles were released from the album: "The Rover" on June 7, "Number 10" on July 30, and "If You Really Love Nothing" on August 23.[4]

Background[edit]

Interpol singer and guitarist Paul Banks revealed in a September 2016 Beats 1 interview that the band would resume writing music in the fall of 2016.[5] They later began holding rehearsal sessions in October.[6] In January 2017, they officially announced that their sixth studio album would be released in 2018 on Matador Records.[7] They took a break from recording the album later in the year so they could commence the anniversary tour for their 2002 debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights.[8] The tour lasted from August to October 2017.[9] They resumed work on the album afterward. In May 2018, it was revealed by the band that the album was in its mastering stage.[10]

A preview article in Q said that the album was "a continuation of the trio's ever-so-subtle shape-shifting, each new LP adding a fresh dynamic coat to their atmospheric indie-rock".[3]

Cover Art[edit]

The album's cover art features a photo of the former U.S. attorney general Elliot Richardson taken by photographer Garry Winogrand. Banks explained the choice of image in an interview[11], referring to Richardson as a heroic figure, with the photo reflecting both the strength and isolation of the protagonist.

Promotion[edit]

During the anniversary tour for Turn on the Bright Lights in late 2017, the band included a song titled "Real Life", in the encore part of their setlist. Although it was the first song written for the album, the song wasn't included in the final cut.[12] On May 24, 2018, the name of the album was leaked by Pitchfork when it was accidentally included in their list "The Pitchfork Guide to New Albums: Summer 2018". The album's listing was subsequently removed.[13] In June, the band began posting a set of cryptic images on social media. One of the images featured a mural with coordinates printed on it, with the image being captioned "maybe it's time"; these coordinates would lead to Mexico City. They also posted a link to an RSVP page for an event in Mexico City taking place on June 7 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. CDT.[14][15][16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[18]
NME4/5 stars[19]
The A.V. ClubB[20]
Clash8/10[21]
Consequence of SoundB-[22]
Pitchfork6.1/10[23]
The Guardian4/5 stars[24]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[25]
Albumism3.5/5 stars[26]

Marauder received positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator site Metacritic, the album holds an average critic score of 73/100, based on 24 reviews.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Interpol (Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino, Daniel Kessler).

Marauder[1]
No.TitleLength
1."If You Really Love Nothing"4:26
2."The Rover"3:38
3."Complications"3:55
4."Flight of Fancy"3:52
5."Stay in Touch"4:54
6."Interlude 1"1:02
7."Mountain Child"3:09
8."NYSMAW"3:17
9."Surveillance"4:14
10."Number 10"3:14
11."Party's Over"3:40
12."Interlude 2"1:04
13."It Probably Matters"4:09
Total length:44:34

Personnel[edit]

Personnel adapted from album credits.[27]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[29] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[30] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 6
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[32] 36
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[33] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[34] 6
Italian Albums (FIMI)[35] 22
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[36] 10
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 6
US Billboard 200[41] 23
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42] 3
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[43] 8
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[44] 4
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[45] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[46] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog no.
Various August 24, 2018 CD Matador OLE-1124-2
12-inch vinyl (standard edition) OLE-1124-1
12-inch vinyl (indie store exclusive) OLE-1124-0
12-inch vinyl (Matador store exclusive) OLE-1124-8
OLE-1124-6

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