11 Songs, 36 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

MVM3 ,

Best album ever

Delicate Steve is amazing.

David Thor Thorsteinsson ,

Happy music!

Big fan of Delicate Steve. His second album differs from Wondervisions as it is more melodic, smoother and probably more accessible to listeners. Wondervision is one of my favorite albums because I had to listen to it probably four times through to really get where it was going and love it. Great album nonetheless and buying it here was mandatory after loving their first album. Delicate steve has definately found a way to channel the sound of being happy/content!

B-Donks ,

Unbelievable

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.

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