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    • Andrew Bird Announces New Album, Shares “Capsized,” Performs on “Conan”
      Andrew Bird has announced a new album and shared its first single, "Capsized," which he also performed on Conan last night. Are You Serious is due out April 1 via his new label, Loma Vista. The album features contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Below is the audio for "Capsized" and video of the Conan performance.
    • Plants and Animals Announce New Album, Share “Stay”
      Montreal-based trio Plants and Animals have announced a new album and shared its first single. Waltzed In From the Rumbling is due out April 29 via Secret City. Below you can hear "Stay."
    • The Monkees Announce New Album with Songs by Ben Gibbard, Rivers Cuomo, Noel Gallagher, and More
      The Monkees (well one-half of them at least) have announced a new album. What makes it noteworthy is that the lyrics have been written by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue. The album will also include previously unused songs written for the band by Neil Diamond and […]
    • The End: Richard Hawley on Endings and Death
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    • 2015 Artist Survey: Ultimate Painting
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    • Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist With Twin Peaks, Yuck, Porches, Mt. Si, The Zolas & Murals
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    • Premiere: Draemhouse – “Only Friends” EP
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    • The Pack
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    • Mass Gothic
      "So I made a mistake/How many hours can I spend silently in one room?" So begins the debut album by Mass Gothic, a new solo project by former Hooray For Earth frontman Noel Heroux.
    • Listen to Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cover Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” Live
      Last June at the fifth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks played a set that included covers and rarities. The set opened with a cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are," from the iconic album Nevermind. 
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    • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Return February 5, 2016
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    • Beacon - Escapements February 5, 2016
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    • Tayá Is Offering A 'Sweet Waste Of Time' February 5, 2016
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    • Brian Fallon Shares New Track 'Smoke' February 5, 2016
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    • Kano - 'Endz' February 5, 2016
      “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”Grime is almost unique in its dogged devotion to geography. A London sound, each crew, each collective is marked out by a postcode, each person desperate to rep their end of the city. Kano goes back to his roots on new album 'Made In The Manor', with new cut 'Endz' placed online as a preview. It […]
    • Carhartt WIP SS16 February 5, 2016
      The brand introduces new season wares.All things authentic, denim and, branded? The new line-up from Carhartt Work In Progress promises each and every one. Divided into several subsections – amongst them ‘Icons Revisited’, ‘Athletic Shore’, ‘Area Camo’ and ‘State of Play’ – the workwear-cum-streetwear label this season plays on what it does best, hence the f […]
    • Listen: Only Girl Shares 'Young Blood' February 5, 2016
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    • Premiere: Fraser Jane - 'Enough' February 5, 2016
      A vivid and outlandish video...Fraser Jane exists in a space entirely of her own design. The Irish songwriter's work has a real sense of depth and complexity, a playful way with words that seeps into her live performances. 'Enough' is naked in every sense, a poetic yet profoundly autobiographical piece of writing that perplexes and moves in eq […]
    • Aidan Moffat Tackles Scottish Folk Classics February 5, 2016
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    • Good Trip, Bad Trip: Lissie February 5, 2016
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    • METALLICA TO DEBUT NEW STAGE AT PRE-SUPERBOWL CONCERT TONIGHT February 6, 2016
      On the eve of the nation’s most anticipated sporting event, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winners Metallica will headline CBS Radio’s The Night Before, a one-of-a-kind concert experience the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, CA. The concert marks the […]
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      Hope everyone takes a second to listen to my podcast this week that was just posted today. It’s 3 recent interviews I did with Andrew Freeman (singer in Last In Line) as well as Vivian Campbell and Vinnie Appice, the two remaining members of the original Dio band. The guys discuss the life of Jimmy […]
    • WINERY DOGS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “HOT STREAK” February 5, 2016
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    • DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN THINKS THE GUNS N’ ROSES REUNION IS “F-ING LAME” February 3, 2016
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    • METALLICA TO STREAM PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERT ONLINE February 3, 2016
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Best Albums of 2012: Delicate Steve ‘Positive Force’

Posted by falconi5 on July 11, 2012


from allmusic.com

New Jersey-based multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion, better known to music lovers as Delicate Steve, undoubtedly believes in the D.I.Y. aesthetic. Not only did he play everything on his second album, Positive Force, himself, he engineered and mixed the whole damn thing on his own. But Positive Force never feels like an airless, claustrophobic kind of project, as so many bedroom pop records by one-man bands can. Instead, it’s a light, breezy affair that seems to take its title quite literally. Steve is part of the New York-centered indie art-pop scene that includes acts like Dirty Projectors, Yeasayer, and Callers, and like them, he makes life-affirming music that’s about opening up to possibilities and embracing as many musical colors as one can comfortably keep together under one aesthetic roof. Call it “Yes Wave” as opposed to No Wave.

 
 

On Positive Force, Steve‘s muse leads him from the homey and pastoral to the spacey and celestial, but his incisive guitar work is at the core of everything. You might be tempted to label this predominantly instrumental album post-rock, but it contains none of the cerebral, lab-experiment feel sometimes associated with that tag. There’s an undeniable world music lilt to these tracks, which may be part of the reason Delicate Steve ended up on the internationally minded Luaka Bop label in the first place. If anything, it’s a pan-ethnic sensibility that plays out over the course of the record, as Hawaiian-tinged slide guitar lines tumble out over grooves that mix Caribbean and African influences with who knows what else. For what it’s worth, Steve himself actually claims that classic rock was a primary inspiration for the album. If that means the guitar lines that are the focus of each song — and sometimes they do admittedly have a George Harrison feel to them — are built to last, then it all makes perfect sense.

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