Catch Delicate Steve on Freedom by Amen Dunes

McMahon’s most crucial new collaborator on Freedom is Steve Marion, an eclectic guitarist from New Jersey who records under the name Delicate Steve. On his own albums, Marion is capable of shredding in the manner of old-school guitar heroes, but he tends to be more concerned with exploring the instrument’s unique sonic textures than showing off. In the liner notes of Freedom, McMahon likens Marion’s playing to swamps and sunrises on “Believe,” an “interstate dream” on the luminous “Dracula,” and a windmill on the title track, which concludes with a stunning 55-second coda that recalls Bryan Adams’ moody mid-’80s AOR staple “Run To You.”


With Marion’s understated but assertive guitar acting as the album’s focal point, Freedom recalls the arena-ready, widescreen sweep of U2 or The Verve, particularly on slow-building mood pieces like “Blue Rose” and “Miki Dora” that seem like they could explode at any moment into a huge chorus backed by a 100-piece orchestra.


- Steven Hyden | Uproxx

DELICATE STEVE COMPLETE PLAYLIST
Cowboy Stories
2017 | ANTI-
THIS IS STEVE
2017 | ANTI-
LIVE IN LAS VEGAS
2015 | LUAKA BOP
POSITIVE FORCE
2012 | LUAKA BOP
WONDERVISIONS
2011 | LUAKA BOP