Delicate Steve

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Delicate Steve
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Background information
Birth name Steve Marion
Origin New Jersey, United States
Years active 2010–present
Labels Luaka Bop

Delicate Steve is the moniker of musician Steve Marion, an American multi-instrumentalist who leads the band of the same name.[1] Delicate Steve's sound has been described as hand-crafted with elements of progressive rock, folksy twang, African rhythms, surf rock and 1970s pop.[2]


A resident of Fredon Township, New Jersey, United States, he graduated from Pope John XXIII Regional High School in 2005; Warner Brothers had signed his band to a recording deal while he was still in high school.[3]

After opening for Yeasayer at New York City's Governors Island in summer 2010 and a residency at Brooklyn club Union Pool, the band attracted media and record label attention. That year, Delicate Steve signed to Luaka Bop, who released the "Butterfly" 7" single, backed with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross" on the B-side.[4]

On January 25, 2011, Delicate Steve released their debut album, Wondervisions, on Luaka Bop. The entirety of the album was recorded by Marion in his bedroom and quickly gained the attention of critics, becoming a "Critics' Choice" of The New York Times[5] as well as being included on NPR's "Favorite Songs of 2011".[6]

For the release of Wondervisions, author Chuck Klosterman wrote a fictional biography of Delicate Steve. The bio was originally published anonymously and was mostly taken as fact by fans and press, but was exposed in a feature news story on NPR's All Things Considered.[1]

On July 5, 2011, Delicate Steve collaborated with Zach Hill of Death Grips on one-off digital single "Many Moods", released to benefit The Japan Chernobyl Foundation.[7]

On April 21, 2012, a collaborative 7" single by Delicate Steve and Ra Ra Riot was released on Barsuk Records for Record Store Day 2012.[8] The A-side, "Valerie", featured Ra Ra Riot with Delicate Steve covering Steve Winwood; the B-side, "The Big Ship", featured Delicate Steve with Ra Ra Riot covering Brian Eno.

A third collaborative single, by Delicate Steve and the band Callers, was issued as a 7" in 2012 on Western Vinyl, featuring the songs "Further Out" and "Perfect Pairs".[9]

In July 2012, Delicate Steve released their sophomore record, Positive Force, on Luaka Bop. The album quickly received high praise, including an 84 from Filter,[10] an 8.5 from Paste,[11] a 7.6 in Pitchfork,[12] and a 7 from Spin[13]

For promotion of "Positive Force," a legitimate biography of the band was written by Michael Azerrad, author of Our Band Could Be Your Life.[14]

On September 3, 2014, the band issued a free digital sampler EP of their music, titled Multiple Moods Sampler, via their Bandcamp page.[15]

In January 2017, the band released their third album, This Is Steve, on Anti Records.[16]


Since 2010, Marion has collaborated with a wide array of musicians both on stage and in the studio, including live performances with Dirty Projectors, Tame Impala,[17] Built to Spill,[18] Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Dr. Dog,[19] tune-yards, The Growlers, the Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Sigur Ros, Khaira Arby,[20] Mac DeMarco, Fang Island, Ra Ra Riot, Akron/Family and Seltzer Boys (a supergroup consisting of Yeasayer and Suckers members).[21]

In the studio, Marion has guested with Yeasayer on Fragrant World (2012),[22] Saint Rich on Beyond the Drone (2013),[23] Sondre Lerche on Please (2014),[24] People Get Ready on Physiques (2014),[25] and with Anand Wilder of Yeasayer on Break Line: A Musical by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon (2014).[26]


Studio albums


  • "Butterfly" / "Albatross" 7" (2011, Luaka Bop)
  • "Many Moods" digital single with Zach Hill (2011, self-released)
  • "Valerie" / "The Big Ship" 7" with Ra Ra Riot (2012, Barsuk Records)
  • "Further Out" / "Perfect Pairs" 7" with Callers (2012, Western Vinyl)


  • Multiple Moods Sampler digital EP (2014, self-released)

Compilation tracks

  • "I'm Just Beginning to Live" (Jonathan Richman cover) on Panache Mixtape Series - Vol. 2 (2014)


  1. ^ a b Steve, Delicate (2011-04-20). "Everything You Know About This Band Is Wrong : The Record". NPR. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Critics' Choice: New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  3. ^ Bouchal, Lyndsay Cayetana. "Delicate Steve frontman happy to be home", New Jersey Herald, April 22, 2011. Accessed January 12, 2017. "The Fredon resident began taking private piano lessons as child, but when he was given a toy guitar by his grandmother one Christmas, the young musician quickly switched to guitar.... His first brush with the professional world of music came in 2004 when his high school band was signed by Warner Brothers. Marion was a 2005 Pope John graduate."
  4. ^ "Delicate Steve - Wondervisions - Preview Stream". 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Critics' Choice: New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011". NPR. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Many Moods | Delicate Steve". 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Ra Ra Riot: Valerie + The Big Ship". 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  9. ^ "Callers And Delicate Steve Team Up For 'Further Out' : All Songs Considered". NPR. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Reviews - Delicate Steve". FILTER Magazine. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  11. ^ Nicole Oran (2012-07-04). "Delicate Steve: Positive Force :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Delicate Steve: Positive Force | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  13. ^ Bevan, David. "Delicate Steve, 'Positive Force' (Luaka Bop) | SPIN | Albums | Critical Mass". SPIN. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Delicate Steve - Positive Force". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  15. ^ Anti- Records. "Delicate Steve". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  16. ^ Berman, Stuart (January 28, 2017). "Delicate Steve: This Is Steve Album Review". Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  17. ^ "Maintenance Mode". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  18. ^ "Delicate Steve's long, awesome Doug Martsch / Built To Spill story (profanity)". YouTube. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  19. ^ "Delicate Steve with Dr. Dog". YouTube. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  20. ^ "Khaira Arby and her band returning to North America, playing some shows w/ Delicate Steve (summer 2011 dates)". 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  21. ^ "Seltzer Boys = members of Yeasayer, Suckers & Delicate Steve; playing 2nd show in 3 years tonight (with Penis)". 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  22. ^ Fred Thomas (2012-08-20). "Fragrant World - Yeasayer | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  23. ^ Steve Leggett (2013-10-01). "Beyond the Drone - Saint Rich | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  24. ^ "First Listen: Sondre Lerche, 'Please'". NPR. 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  25. ^ Timothy Monger (2014-06-24). "Physiques - People Get Ready | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  26. ^ James Christopher Monger (2014-07-04). "Break Line: A Musical by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon - Maxwell Kardon,Anand Wilder | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 

External links

  • Official website
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