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Alternative & Indie - Released March 1, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Embracing a self-produced experimental pop that favors both bold, inventive timbres and melodic hooks, guitarist Steve Marion has carved a whimsical niche for himself over the course of four albums as Delicate Steve. Just five months after delivering the holiday release The Christmas Album in November 2018, he continues to explore his growing collection of custom guitars, effects pedals, and synthesizers on his fifth long-player, Till I Burn Up. It takes its title from mishearing the lyrics "tit Alberta" in the Dr. John song "Walk on Guilded Splinters." Including two briefer interludes, Till I Burn Up presents 12 instrumental tracks in 35 minutes, nearly ideal for his emphasis on hummable pop. Combining spare drum samples, distorted rock tones, blippy '80s computer sounds, and murky synth voices like no one else in the 2010s, tracks like "Rubber Neck" and the post-punky "Madness" sometimes confuse sound origins. For some insight into the recording process, it was revealed that the eerie, driving "Selfie of a Man" was recorded on a Oberheim OB-X analog synthesizer that once belonged to Freddie Mercury. These types of '70s and '80s influences, whether incorporated into instrumentation or more abstract, abound on the record, including in arena-friendly guitar performances, though he prioritizes singable melodies over showy virtuosity. Amidst the bigger, bolder sounds, smaller details such as birdcall-like flourishes ("Way Too Long") and floaty, mechanical hissing noise ("Ghost") keep things weird. The hooks here aren't as memorable as on 2017's This Is Steve, but Till I Burn Up is still fun, occasionally fascinating, and uniquely Delicate Steve. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 1, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

Embracing a self-produced experimental pop that favors both bold, inventive timbres and melodic hooks, guitarist Steve Marion has carved a whimsical niche for himself over the course of four albums as Delicate Steve. Just five months after delivering the holiday release The Christmas Album in November 2018, he continues to explore his growing collection of custom guitars, effects pedals, and synthesizers on his fifth long-player, Till I Burn Up. It takes its title from mishearing the lyrics "tit Alberta" in the Dr. John song "Walk on Guilded Splinters." Including two briefer interludes, Till I Burn Up presents 12 instrumental tracks in 35 minutes, nearly ideal for his emphasis on hummable pop. Combining spare drum samples, distorted rock tones, blippy '80s computer sounds, and murky synth voices like no one else in the 2010s, tracks like "Rubber Neck" and the post-punky "Madness" sometimes confuse sound origins. For some insight into the recording process, it was revealed that the eerie, driving "Selfie of a Man" was recorded on a Oberheim OB-X analog synthesizer that once belonged to Freddie Mercury. These types of '70s and '80s influences, whether incorporated into instrumentation or more abstract, abound on the record, including in arena-friendly guitar performances, though he prioritizes singable melodies over showy virtuosity. Amidst the bigger, bolder sounds, smaller details such as birdcall-like flourishes ("Way Too Long") and floaty, mechanical hissing noise ("Ghost") keep things weird. The hooks here aren't as memorable as on 2017's This Is Steve, but Till I Burn Up is still fun, occasionally fascinating, and uniquely Delicate Steve. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 26, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 26, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 27, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

This Is Steve is the third studio LP by songwriter and guitar whiz Steve Marion under his performance alias Delicate Steve. It follows a nearly five-year gap between new material, during which Marion played on several recordings by other artists, including Yeasayer, Sondre Lerche, and Lewis Del Mar. He also released a live album from a tour in support of Tame Impala, and, most notably, provided slide guitar for Paul Simon's critically acclaimed Stranger to Stranger LP. Known to fans and many colleagues for experimenting with tones as well as for his unusually whimsical approach, Marion outdoes himself on This Is Steve, a collection of Seussian guitar pop instrumentals. There's actually a tune called "Cartoon Rock" here. Just a few seconds over two minutes in length, it's a rush of galloping distortion that evokes drag racing or a police chase as much as cartoons. (In an interview with NPR, Marion said it imagines cartoon music "if ZZ Top were the genre's founding fathers.") That track is followed by "Nightlife," a song loaded with video game-type timbres of the '80s and a strutting reggae groove. Perhaps the most engaging thing about the album, even more than dazzling tones and free-spirited showmanship, is that he creates so many singable earworms, each provided by the guitar. This is especially true of the album's lead single, "Winners," and the moodier "Together." Given all of its infectiousness, it's kind of obnoxious to learn that he wrote and recorded the album in a span of just 11 consecutive days. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 27, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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Ambient/New Age - Released October 19, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 17, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 28, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 27, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 13, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

Alternative & Indie - Released August 23, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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