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EDITORS’ NOTES

Sometimes “embracing a DIY ethic” simply means realizing that you’ve hoarded enough musical gear to record an album at home. That’s what happened to New Jersey songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion. His 2012 sophomore outing sticks to his “ethos” while expanding his craft. “Ramona Reborn” opens sounding like an entire group rather than a one-man band. From the twangy slide guitar to the rhythmic acoustic strumming and pedaling rhythm section, there's an ebb and flow of interactive chemistry, with ample breathing room for a salient melody to pop out from the mix. “Wally Wilder” pushes the margins of post-rock with squealing analog tones rubbing against the grain of Afrocentric percussion, sounding like the mischievous little brother of Dirty Projectors. “Two Lovers” simmers down with bluesy electric guitar riffs and peripheral Moog chirps that percolate under cooing female vocals. The soft pitter-patter rhythms on “Positive Force” help give the song a lazy-summer feel when combined with sleepy slide guitar. “Luna” closes, sounding like an analog lullaby written for the children of Stereolab’s members.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sometimes “embracing a DIY ethic” simply means realizing that you’ve hoarded enough musical gear to record an album at home. That’s what happened to New Jersey songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion. His 2012 sophomore outing sticks to his “ethos” while expanding his craft. “Ramona Reborn” opens sounding like an entire group rather than a one-man band. From the twangy slide guitar to the rhythmic acoustic strumming and pedaling rhythm section, there's an ebb and flow of interactive chemistry, with ample breathing room for a salient melody to pop out from the mix. “Wally Wilder” pushes the margins of post-rock with squealing analog tones rubbing against the grain of Afrocentric percussion, sounding like the mischievous little brother of Dirty Projectors. “Two Lovers” simmers down with bluesy electric guitar riffs and peripheral Moog chirps that percolate under cooing female vocals. The soft pitter-patter rhythms on “Positive Force” help give the song a lazy-summer feel when combined with sleepy slide guitar. “Luna” closes, sounding like an analog lullaby written for the children of Stereolab’s members.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

32 Ratings

Another inspired release from a shockingly underrated group

Donny Aziz,

The guys in Delicate Steve are experts at manipulating sounds to create magnificient auras that are channeled through excellently crafted melodies. At times upbeat, other times contemplative, always feel-good; this album was a definite "buy" for me and I highly recommend at least a listen to all.

Unbelievable

B-Donks,

This album is amazing! A lot more vocal than their previous album, yet still very little vocals. It is an album that needs to be played in its entirety in order to fully appreciate it. If you get the chance to see them live, don't hesitate.

About Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve is the brainchild of New Jersey-based guitarist/songwriter Steve Marion. Having previously recorded friends' bands, Marion realized one day that he had enough gear lying around his home studio to record an album of his own and decided to just go for it. What he developed is a sound that feels like a hybrid of Animal Collective's dense experimentations and the African-influenced pop of bands like Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend, playing with layers of percussion and keyboards while tying everything together with breezy, Dobro-style slide guitar. Marion released his first album of experimental pop, Wondervisions, in 2011 on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. In 2012, he returned with his sophomore full-length Delicate Steve album, Positive Force. A year later, he partnered with guitarist Christian Peslak for Beyond the Drone under the moniker Saint Rich.

As word of Marion's work spread and gained fans among colleagues, he was invited to appear on albums by artists such as Yeasayer, Sondre Lerche, and People Get Ready. He recorded 2015's Live in Las Vegas while on tour in support of Tame Impala in late 2014. In 2016, in additional to playing guitar on new releases by Yeasayer, Lewis Del Mar, and Your Friend, he provided slide guitar for Paul Simon's critically acclaimed Stranger to Stranger LP. His third studio album, the playful This Is Steve, followed in 2017 with all earworms supplied by the guitar. It marked his debut on Epitaph's Anti- imprint. ~ Gregory Heaney & Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    New Jersey

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