Delicate Steve

In The Black Box:

Delicate Steve

Thu. March 9, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Underground Arts


This event is 21 and over

Delicate Steve
Delicate Steve
When the world first met Delicate Steve in 2011, Stev
e Marion and the band he principled were
an artfully crafted fiction. Tasked with introducing
Delicate Steve's beguiling
debut record of highly evocative and emotionally concis
e guitar-driven songs, Luaka Bop, the
seminal David Byrne-owned New York indie label, balked
. There was the music to get to; itself
essentially reference-less and unqualifiedly unique. But
what of the guy who created it? The
guitarist who wrote the whole thing, who played every
instrument. An enormous unknown talent
without an attendant backstory to match the spectral and
boundless qualities of his music. Enter
Chuck Klosterman. The celebrated writer was brought on
to completely fabricate a biography
based on a band and album he was asked
to listen to.
While the record racked up high praise from outlets incl
The New York Times
nearly everything music fans read about Delicate Steve w
as a fiction. Listeners were left to the
music alone to determine who Steve was.
As is often the case, some of the first people to recognize
Delicate Steve's music were fellow
artists who became vocal supporters, as the young guy
from upstate New Jersey began to
develop a growing fanbase in small New York clubs like Gl
asslands, Union Pool, and Mercury
Lounge. Following the 2012 release of
Positive Force,
Delicate Steve had cornered the status of
'your favorite band's favorite band', as Steve himsel
f became a fixture in and an on-demand
collaborator among disparate scenes, players, and bands,
making some of the most celebrated
and forward thinking music today: Co-signs and work with D
avid Byrne, Dirty Projectors, tUnE-
yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Dr. Dog, and elder statesmen like Lee
Ranaldo and Built to Spill. Likely
the only guitarist alive who will cut records with Sondr
e Lerche and Death Grip's Zach Hill.
Handpicked to open a sold out North American tour for
Tame Impala. And most recently
providing guitar on Paul Simon's new record.
These wild artistic relationships came to be because Steve
happens to be one of the most
talented songwriters and guitarists currently working. Bu
t they are also a direct reflection of the
person, the soul of a guy any artist or fan who's met hi
m will identify immediately. It's the same
soul that fills his songs.
This is Steve
, Delicate Steve's first new record in 4 years, and fir
st for the ANTI- imprint, is an
articulation of this spirit. Joy. Love. Positivity. Persev
erance. Meditation. A general communion
with the people and world around him. Easy to call such
things hackneyed in this cynical time,
but in Steve's case, it

s very hard to separate the person from the art. It's r
eal. It's pure. This, is
Melody begins with the needle drop on
This is Steve,
and it's this hallmark as a songwriter on
display in tune after tune that has defined all of De
licate Steve's work. It's his incredible capacity
to write wordless songs that are impossible not to sing a
long to. He works in no genre, there are
no words, but there is never a question as to what he i
s saying.
Tunes like "Animals," "Help," and "Nightlife," establish
their hooks immediately, and drop you
with Steve as he runs alongside leopards, scales a Weste
rn peak, nurses a boozy Kingston
come-down, before clocking out at under three minutes a
nd depositing you somewhere else on
a technicolor continuum. Throughout the set, Steve's gui
tar melodies rise and crest, unguarded
expressions of wonderment and positivity.
Steve produced and played all the instruments on this
record. He created it as an introduction
from himself to you, and named it appropriately. If t
here is a question as to who
This is Steve

creator is, you'll find it imbued in these ten songs.
As he has done from the start, Steve lets the
music speak for itself. Without a word.
Mat Hall
August 22 2016
Venue Information:
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19108

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