Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve will be playing End Of The Road Festival 2012.

Signed to David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, this Newton, New Jersey five-piece trade in skewed instrumental pop and count members of Vampire Weekend and Akron Family as fans. Wondervisions is right- a questing, starry-eyed kind of joy infuses frisky nuggets like ‘Flyin High’ and ‘Sugar Splash,’ the latter a dazzling affair that seems to pulse-blend 10cc’s glassy lead guitar sounds, Afrobeat, and the sound of Yes circa Going For The One. Analogue synth arpeggios meander Vangelis-like on the cosmic “Z Expression.” but it’s Marion’s characterful, tone-wheel spinning axe noodling that makes Wondervisions teem with life, all the amp hiss, jack static and spontaneity left in. Whether this is post rock, space rock or ad-hoc it’s hard to say, but who needs taxonomy when music feels this good? MOJO James McNair ****

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