One for ardent lovers of classic songwriters like Peter Gabriel and even more modern artists like Elbow, Quiet Rebellion is the brainchild of Award winning Yorkshire-based songwriter Shaun T Hunter. Turning his back upon a potentially lucrative production deal in the late 90’s, Shaun chose to plough his own musical furrow and forge his own path, resulting in a series of highly acclaimed albums while at the same time playing show case shows at Hospitals, benefits and prisons around the country.
Recorded and produced entirely by Hunter in a variety of unusual locations, including a reputedly haunted Industrial Mill, ‘Still Talking Scribble’ see’s Shaun taking his next musical leap. Having played every instrument on the record, there’s an incredibly personal feel throughout. With Hunter’s mesmerising voice yielding an incredible power, quite often he seems to recoil himself back in from the edge.
In ‘Still Talking Scribble’, Shaun has created another startlingly honest piece that takes the listener on a journey from the darkest corners of the mind, to the deepest recesses of the soul.
Tracks like the urgent, mesmerising “From Cathedral Cities To Dark Northern Towns” and the wondrous “Beneath The Wings Of A Dragon” are both exorcisms and affirmations of the spirit’s undying ability to persevere.
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a band name like Quiet Rebellion, you know that you're not in
for a heavy piece of hard rock; in fact it turns out that you won't
get prog rock either. Shaun T Hunter, also known as Quiet
Rebellion, plays a kind of post-rock which makes for semi-acoustic
and tranquil music. Hunter's voice has some resemblance with Peter
Gabriel's during the quiet songs on his first solo albums, but
also with David Sylvian's vocalization on his later solo
efforts. Next to this Hunter plays all the instruments on Still
Talking Scribble, the successor of Thinnest Hopes Magnified
(2009). The lyrics take us on a journey from the darkest corners of
the mind to the deepest recesses of the soul. This works best on the
third track Beneath The Wings Of A Dragon, which has a
beautiful melody, and on the fourth track From Cathedral Cities To
Dark Northern Towns, which is one of the few more up-tempo pieces
on Still Talking Scribble, which by the way is a rather clever
title for a CD. But fourteen songs - thirteen of his own making and
one cover of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark -
is a bit much for this kind of music. A shorter album would have made
** André de Waal (edited by Peter Willemsen) www.backgroundmagazine.nl
23/10/2011ReviewerKaj Roth (Staff)GenreAmbientLabelIndependentYear2011ProducerShaun T HunterFormatAlbum
Quiet Rebellion is the nom de guerre of Yorkshire-based songwriter Shaun T Hunter. On this follow-up to 2009's THINNEST HOPES MAGNIFIED, he has recorded and produced the album himself in a variety of unusual locations, including a haunted industrial mill, which serves as the setting for an introspective reinterpretation of Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark'. He also plays all the instruments, basing the sound around the sparkling strings of his acoustic guitar, and has even personally created individual covers for each and every copy of the CD. The tone varies from light and wistful to dark and foreboding, with cathartic lyrics and a whispered, almost pained delivery. An album to be listened to over and over again. GARETH L POWELL, ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE WWW.ACOUSTICMAGAZINE.COM
This record is questioning and challenging: a living and breathing nervous system of an album...
Shaun T Hunter has never tried to be the next big thing, he has simply tried to record songs that capture the deepest recesses of his mind and put them out there for the world to scrutinise, challenge and ultimately enjoy. His work under the brainchildQUIET REBELLIONhas certainly pushed Sean further than he’s ever gone before, with painstaking detail, minute changes and deviants that you’d only hear in the undertones of the soundscape.STILL TALKING SCRIBBLEis quite simply a deep and challenging record that asks questions on every level.
Cheap Exchange of Slim Affectionsis my favourite track, exploring what I believe to be a relationship that’s become heavy, a romance that has been lost to routine and a couple who find it hard to share affection anymore. The beautiful lyrical content of Sean’s pen is at the forefront of his appeal: ‘Float on like the wind through the trees/You’re less willing than able?/For life is a people altering substance it seems.’ Other tracks that have stood out forme include the title trackStill Talking Scribblewhich seems to be about finding your place and trying to talk sense when we don’t really know what’s going on, alongsideFrom Cathedral Cities To Dark Northern Townsand Collisions. This record is questioning and challenging—a soul-felt connectivity powers through it, both haunting and mesmerising the listener long after it’s all over.Laura Bethell MAVERICK MAGAZINE WWW.MAVERICKMAGAZINE.COM
Quiet Rebellion, the brainchild of songwriter Shaun T. Hunter, was last heard of on 2009’s Thinnest Hopes Magnified, but on this year’s model, Still Talking Scribble, Shaun has lost his band members and now proudly makes best use of available resources by playing everything himself. The album was recorded in a haunted mill, and has an eerie ambience as though Shaun’s surrounded by ghosts of himself. The lyric writing in this dreamesque spectral song collection is spiritually searching, taking the listener deep into the mind and soul. The sparse sound and production is mesmeric, complementing the beautiful instrumentation of guitars with gentle loop pedal enhancements, layered textures and keyboards, over whose subtle patterns rises Shaun’s sonorous voice, one that genuinely inhabits its own theatrical space. To experience Shaun’s unique, extraordinarily expressive vocal powers, first check out Beneath The Wings Of A Dragonand then his intriguing take on Springsteen’sDancing In The Dark. PROPERGANDA MAGAZINE WWW.PROPERGANDAONLINE.COM
Quiet Rebellion's previous album THINNEST HOPES MAGNIFIED, didn't exactly find favour with this reviewer. Despite being recorded live at intimate house-gigs it seemed detached and uninvolving. STILL TALKING SCRIBBLE, then , comes as something of a pleasant revelation. Recorded entirely by Quiet Rebellion's founding force, Shaun T Hunter, on a basic sixteen track (but in evocative locations ), it weaves a magical spell around the listener. With subtle loops, layered vocals and percussion derived from intimate caresses of his acoustic guitar, there is an otherworldly quality to the music that counterpoints the often unsettling lyric. As with the previous recording, often the words and music seem to circle each other warily, unsure whether they are to meet in savage conflict or tender embrace. The effect is haunting, beguiling. As ever, Hunter uses his voice as both a confessional and an instrument. Whether it's imparting the narrative on songs like 'From Cathedral Cities To Dark Northern Towns' and 'Beneath The Wings Of A Dragon' or soaring into an ululating vibrato above the ambient soundtrack, it's both striking and unique. STILL TALKING SCRIBBLE may require the listener to set aside preconception and expectation but the reward is well worth that risk. TREVOR RAGGATT, R2 MAGAZINE WWW.ROCK-N-REEL.CO.UK
Who IS…Shaun T Hunter basically, he is the man behind the name and project. According to the blurb he was active in the indie scene in the 1990’s before releasing solo stuff in his own name for a decade. A change of tact led to Quiet Rebellion being born, ‘Still talking Scribble’ is the second album released under this guise. To be honest we’d never heard the name so google came into play, there is a wealth of reviews of Quiet Rebellion and Shaun T Hunter material all of which seems to come highly rated from the Scot now relocated to the West Riding.What’s it like… Well to be fair it isn’t shy, 15 tracks plus a bonus track to boast it up to 16 and they ain’t three minute pop blasts neither, so get somewhere comfy and be prepared to listen. You won’t be disappointed neither Shaun T Hunter is obviously a man who has mastered the art of song writing (and so he should have he does lectures on the art!) and his talent and craft really shine through on the full length of the album, it sounds like a real labour of love full of heard and soul. It’s weird that it can be anything that you mood takes, you can sit back, listen, relax and let the music flow over you or you can immerse yourself in the album and feel the intensity. Hunter not only wrote the album but also recorded it in full, all the musical parts plus he didn’t want to take the easy route of recording it in a convention studio, oh no he wanted to record where there was ‘an inspiring window space’. So he ended up with a 16 track recorder and a draughty industrial mill which was haunted all of this adds to the fact that this man is quite a unique talent. Musically obviously it should just be the traditional one man and a guitar combination but it’s that and a whole lot more. From ethereal sounds to splendid sonic soundscapes and some neat acoustic folk rock in there too. There’s also a Bruce Springsteen cover of ‘Dancing in the dark’ which he says was inspired by the settings and needed to be on the album. Pick of the bunch.. It would be completely unfair to pick any one of the 15 tracks wrote by Hunter, listen as an album. Marks out of ten… 8 Final Comment… Quiet Rebellion aka Shaun T Hunter deserve better than the ‘cult’ status he has, ‘Still talking scribble’ is a fantastic album. Buy it! WWW.SHADDERSONLINE.COM
I was truly blessed when, from this sometimes scorned upon internet, I befriended a remarkable human being inSHAUN T. HUNTER aka QUIET REBELLION. My friendship has grown very quickly with this wonderfully warm,sensitive, caring soul. Shaun's correspondence is indeed an insight into theMANand the ARTIST. A superbly gifted individual who has been " touched " with the rarest of talents. Someone who gives you a completely NEW listening experience, only comparable to the feelings evoked in me when I first heard early Roxy Music as a young lad and John Foxx with the first incarnation of Ultravox when I was an open vessel to receive the true gift of musical individualism. Perhaps then, you may think, I am biased and therefore the wrong person to be reviewing the very latest QUIET REBELLION offering. On the contrary, it is because I have had the luxury of an insight into the Artist from a personal perspective, that I consider myself the perfect person to attempt such a review. Most reviews painstakingly disect the album track by track - I shall endeavour to give the whole work an overall review - as it is exactly that - a complete listen - from puttingSTILL TALKING SCRIBBLE into theCD player and pressing play, it is impossible not to sit through the whole album. The tracks move effortlessly along to paint a stunningly beautiful canvass of cacophonies. Shaun's vocals are hauntingly powerful with the richest of tones and perfectly lucid in their diction. The instrumentation and engineering of sounds are a feat of pure genius. The ears are gently caressed and cleverly tweaked by the subtleties of sonic variation. Once againQUIET REBELLION triumph in an exceptional album paralelled only by all great recordings that have gone before. Pete Shields : CANDLELIT ACOUSTIC - Jan 2011
WHAT’S THE STORY?: Shaun T. Hunter turned his back on a
potentially lucrative deal back in the 1990s and forged his own path.
A few albums later we have’ Quiet Rebellion’ and what becomes
immediately clear is that this artist is seriously into his music.
There are wonderful musical arrangements on the album and it should
be pointed out that Shaun is also credited with having played every
instrument on it. That in itself is an amazing achievement and gives
you an insight into the man’s talent. The problem here is that the
offering doesn’t experiment enough and doesn’t diversify enough.
It stays within its own safety zone leaving us with an album full of
songs that all sound very similar.
The album gets off to a cracking start with ‘Soon’ a slice of heightened musical contentment, before Shaun digs deeper imprinting his lyrical message on the next track and the title name of the album, ‘Still Talking Scribble’. The ambitious ‘Solo’ delivers a touching acapella and ‘A Little Help From You Goes a Long Way’ is a stand out track that begins beautifully with a simmering guitar riff which continues throughout the track. There is definitely an abundance of touching melodies at play here and to summarise, this album is a relaxed and enjoyable enough journey. SOUNDS LIKE: Atmospheric ambient sounds. YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: Peter Gabriel, Elbow.
Still Talking Scribble – Quiet Rebellion (Independent release)
Quiet Rebellion is a perfect name for Shaun T Hunter’s project. The songs on this album, “Still Talking Scribble” are filled with deep, important, and often unsettling questions for the single soul and for humanity itself.
Hunter plays every instrument on this lush and gorgeous collection of songs for humanity. Beautiful vocal tapestries are woven into colorful, rich beds, and the words sung to us haunt with messages on being a healthy human in this uncertain world. The mystical melodies deliver poignant observations and strong statements on living in the moment, being accepting of others, and growing to reach full potential as a people.
The first track, ‘Soon’, lulls us in from the start, echoing our dream state minds back to us, reminding us that “soon, you will realize the treasure lays in the questions not the answers…”
In ‘Beneath The Wings Of A Dragon’, the feathery and uplifting guitar is complemented with Hunter’s sweet, firm and clear voice… “…narrrow-minded vision don’t deserve this wide expansive space… still attached to the outcome when only the journey should count.”
With sweet passion and delightful melody in ‘The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend’, Hunter sings “shoot me down, shoot me down, i cannot fix you, cannot mend… for the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” and “don’t you know that the easiest person in the world to fool is yourself…” A surprising and fresh take on being accepting of yourself and others. The songs winds down with haunting yet uplifting vocals reaching toward the heavens.
The interplay of lilting, hypnotic guitars and vocals are an inviting and calming way to hear Quiet Rebellion’s messages of love and acceptance. With his simple yet worldly tinged production I am calmed, made comfortable, and centered by listening to “Still Talking Scribble”– all 15, beautiful songs.
The song ‘Substitute Silence For Noise’ addresses our tendencies to not stay in the moment – our tendencies to be distracted and to sadly, all too often, forget the sacred things like silence, peace, or even secrets. “…another minor distraction from a major decision…” “…secrets are something we tell everybody to tell no one…”
Quiet Rebellion’s new release “Still Talking Scribble” should not be a secret from anyone! “Still Talking Scribble” is a beautiful, spirit-moving album that stirs the soul, invites introspection, and inspires the mind! by beth wimmer 6th july 2011
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Quiet Rebellion is the brainchild of award-winning singer-songwriter Shaun T. Hunter. From his home in Yorkshire Ridings The Hunter winds his way through the musical landscape.
'Still Talking Scribble' is the follow up to 'Thinnest Hopes Magnified "in 2009. All 15 songs come from Shaun's hand except the standard Springsteen "Dancing In The Dark '. Hunter turns out also to full multi-instrumentalist and will therefore smoothly all the instrumentation on his behalf. The cover was even artistically designed by local artist Damian Clark. Most tracks are closely related and show us the darkest corners of Shaun's mind explore and penetrate even to the depths of his soul. With his emotional and spiritual texts Hunter actually has a sonorous voice timbre is verhemeld with very simple instrumentation.
This is an album cram packed or profundity, pathos and a melody must Importance. A masterpiece of Quiet Rebellion.
Shaun T Hunter is an Englishman who seems not English, at least until he opens his mouth to utter a word.
His favorite instrument is the guitar, with which it is being asked everywhere, especially if there is money at stake. But that's another story.
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Songs of love, confused feelings, friendships, relationships, all with background peaceful and placid, perfectly consistent with the group name.
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