Back in September of last year, we shared the song "Butterfly" from Delicate Steve's Wondervisions LP. And while the album has been out independently for a few months now, today it receives its official (re)release on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label.
NPR premiered the video for "Butterfly" over the weekend, which you can view below. It's a real-time performance piece featuring a wide range of performers. Director Sophie Peer says, "Acrobats, dancers, a juggler, hula-hooper, belly dancer, balloonist, magician, ventriloquist and of course, a chainsaw artist, all come together to celebrate Steve's song." It concludes with a nice staring contest between Steve...and Steve.
Delicate Steve (aka 23 year-old Steve Marion) says the video is an inside look into his native New Jersey.
Though living in northern New Jersey, where I'm from, can seem from the outside to be plain and boring, behind the banal surface lies a circus of tumult and activity. I guess perhaps the same amount of oddness that one might find upon a closer look in any hometown. Or so I've been lead to believe.
While Wondervisions is a great record, it doesn't really do Delicate Steve enough justice. If you want to really experience what the music is capable of, you really have to catch him (and his band) live. Really, really. Seriously.
US Tour Dates
2/04 - Meat Locker - Montclair, NJ
2/05 - Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY
2/09 - BAR Nightclub - New Haven, CT
2/17 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY*
2/18 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA*
2/19 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC*
2/20 - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON*
2/21 - The Lager House - Detroit, MI*
2/23 - The Bishop - Bloomington, IN*
2/24 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL*
2/25 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN*
2/26 - The Music Mill - Iowa City, IA*
2/28 - The Billiken Club - St Louis, MO*
3/01 - MOTR Pub - Cincinnati, OH
3/02 - Wexner Center - Columbus, OH
3/03 - Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
3/04 - The Blockley Pourhouse - Philadelphia, PA
3/05 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
3/24 - Neumos Crystal Ballroom - Seattle, WA*
3/25 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC*
3/26 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
3/28 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT*
3/29 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO*
3/31 - The Loft - Dallas, TX*
4/01 - The Parish - Austin, TX*
4/03 - Corazon - Santa Fe, NM*
4/04 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ*
4/06 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA*
4/07 - SOHO Restaurant & Music Club*
4/08 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA*
4/09 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA*
* with Akron/Family
Wondervisions is out today on Luaka Bop.