Delicate Steve is Steve Marion, the brainchild leader and guitarist of his New Jersey-based bedroom pop project. The music that he makes is mostly wordless – evoking a relaxed, classical sound.
Last year, when his underrated debut record Wondervisions came out, a hilarious made-up press release written by Chuck Klosterman came attached with it, describing Marion as a music-savant polymath who plays 40 instruments and compares his music to that of My Bloody Valentine – without the guitars.
While the bio is fake, hopefully it directs much needed attention to Marion, because his music IS good. His sophomore record, Positive Force, builds upon the foundation of Wondervisions, by stripping away the experimental bits and presenting a fuller, more refined product. The music, still wholly wordless and largely guitar-driven, is soul-influenced and gives a sun-drenched warmth that feels intimate. Paradoxically, it is background music that is meant to be heard.
Check out the stream of Two Lovers, one of the few tracks in the record that has discernible voices backing it.
Delicate Steve – Positive Force comes out 7/10 via Luaka Bop (order here)