Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve

Experimental Indie Folk/Pop (Newton, N.J.)

Steve Marion’s wildly eclectic and viscerally intense instrumental guitar Pop, under his nom du plume Delicate Steve, has been measured against some of the heaviest Indie hitters in recent memory. Delicate Steve’s self-made, self-released debut Wondervisions has earned comparisons to the likes of Pavement, Animal Collective, Ratatat, The Dirty Projectors, Neutral Milk Hotel and Stevie Wonder, and they all seem appropriate in varying degrees. Delicate Steve might have sunk without a trace if not for David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, who rereleased the album to a wider audience and expanded the discussion of who Steve sounds like even further. Don’t let the name fool you; Delicate Steve shreds indelicately.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Soulful World music from a Folk coffeehouse in the Village played through Marshall stacks and manipulated by laptop beatniks. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)

~ "Wiry New Jersey goofball 'Delicate' Steve Marion handcrafts protean instrumental guitar pop on his debut full-length that isn't delicate in the least. Flush with six-string personality, Wondervisions shifts smoothly from Pavement's psychedelic cowlicks ('Welcome-Begin') to Dirty Projectors' zigzagging Afro-riffs ('Butterfly') to the synth and acoustic slide guitar of heartbreaking march 'Don't Get Stuck (Proud Elephants).' Marion's approach varies, but his surprisingly soulful songs consistently connect, a significant feat considering we only hear his voice through a Fender. Despite the name, dude kicks ass with arpeggios." (Spin)

~ "When you first hear Delicate Steve's (aka Steve Marion) a few things pop into your head: Stevie Wonder, Dirty Projectors, RATATAT, Ponytail, Neutral Milk Hotel. Then you keep listening and find that thoughts of these other influences have melted away, and questions have taken their place: What is this music? What is the time signature in this song? Is that really a guitar? It has a sense of adventure, originality, and joyousness that makes you want to know: Where did this music come from? " (Current TV)