Delicate Steve, 'Wondervisions' (Luaka Bop)

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Wondervisions
Critical Mass
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Label: Luaka Bop

by David Bevan

Wiry New Jersey goofball "Delicate" Steve Marion handcrafts protean instrumental guitar pop on his debut full-length that isn't delicate in the least. Flush with six-string personality, Wondervisions shifts smoothly from Pavement's psychedelic cowlicks ("Welcome-Begin") to Dirty Projectors' zigzagging Afro-riffs ("Butterfly") to the synth and acoustic slide guitar of heartbreaking march "Don't Get Stuck (Proud Elephants)." Marion's approach varies, but his surprisingly soulful songs consistently connect, a significant feat considering we only hear his voice through a Fender.

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