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Birth name  Steve Marion
Labels  Luaka Bop
Years active  2010–present
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Origin  New Jersey, United States
Albums  Wondervisions, Positive Force, Delicate Steve Live in Las Vegas, This Is Steve, Positive Force (Commentary Version)

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


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A resident of Fredon Township, New Jersey, 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.

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.

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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 as well as being included on NPR's "Favorite Songs of 2011".

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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.

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.

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. 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".

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, an 8.5 from Paste, a 7.6 in Pitchfork, and a 7 from Spin

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

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

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


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, Built to Spill, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Dr. Dog, tune-yards, the Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Sigur Ros, Khaira Arby, Mac DeMarco, Fang Island, Ra Ra Riot, Akron/Family and Seltzer Boys (a supergroup consisting of Yeasayer and Suckers members).

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

Studio albums

  • Wondervisions (2011, Luaka Bop)
  • Positive Force (2012, Luaka Bop)
  • This Is Steve (2017, Anti Records)
  • Singles

  • "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)
  • Compilations

  • 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)
  • Songs

    Cartoon RockThis Is Steve · 2017
    Tallest HeightsPositive Force (Commentary Version) · 2012
    Afria Talks to YouPositive Force (Commentary Version) · 2012


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