With an inventive style that seems to navigate the sounds of 1970s prog rock, the African-influenced pop of bands like Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective's dense experimentations, and cheerful video game music, Delicate Steve is the brainchild of New Jersey-based guitarist/songwriter Steve Marion. His instrumental rock often features layers of percussion, keyboards, and electronic effects tied together with breezy slide guitar. Combining experimental music and melodic pop from the beginning with his debut album Wondervisions in 2011, Delicate Steve released music on Luaka Bop and Anti- throughout the decade. In the meantime, Marion became an in-demand studio musician, appearing on albums by Paul Simon, Yeasayer, and Sondre Lerche, among others.
Having previously recorded friends' bands, Marion realized one day that he had enough gear lying around his home studio to record an album of his own and decided to go for it. Using the alias Delicate Steve, Marion released his first album, Wondervisions, in 2011 on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. In 2012, he returned with his sophomore Delicate Steve full-length, Positive Force, also on Luaka Bop. A year later, he partnered with guitarist Christian Peslak for Beyond the Drone under the moniker Saint Rich.