Wide, rollicking soundscapes and resonant rhythms. That’s what was on display the first time the NJ bred Delicate Steve caught my eye, and ear, opening for Yeasayer at a picturesque gig on Governors Island a few years back. Not much has changed since then with the band focusing on an internal build rather than employing compounding outliers to their atmospheric output. Beyond a few “ohs” and “ahs” wading in the background the Delicate Steve brand is literally all in the instrumentation. Not unlike a slightly less sinister, blaring cousin to bands like Ratatat or Explosions In The Sky the group never tips its cap in terms of a prevailing influence giving them the ability to surprise on any given endeavor. Ethereal guitar work may be the most consistent element in the Delicate Steve dynamic, but you won’t find any needless noodling, only what best fits into the concept behind any given song.
Their latest LP Positive Force continues on from what was established on last year’s Wondervisions as Delicate Steve seem poised to work within the exciting sonic world they’ve created for themselves. Stream the album in full below and be sure to catch the band on tour, most preferably in an outdoor venue before the end of summer. I recommend this weekend’s FREE 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan with Archers of Loaf, The Drums, and more.