Release Date: March 1, 2019
Today Delicate Steve has released today his new album Till I Burn Up via ANTI- Records. “I guess you could say the song was equally inspired by Purple Rain, Amen Dunes’ Freedom, A$AP Rocky, Krishnamurti, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Spaghetti Westerns,” Steve explains. Underpinned by a grinding circular guitar line interrupted by what sounds like synthetic warning sirens, watch as an animated, motorcycle-riding Steve starts to race an ice cream truck through the Nevada desert in the video for “Freedom” HERE.
The album name ‘Till I Burn Up’ comes from a line in Dr. John’s “Walk on Guilded Splinters” where Steve misheard John’s actual phrase “Tit Alberta” as “Till I Burn Up.” But more than fodder for an album title, John’s Gris Gris, and records like it informed a new frame-of-mind for an artist who has historically set out to make a predetermined statement with every recording.
“The idea of this young freak making Gris Gris in LA, and nobody knowing what to do with it in 1968 … He gave me confidence to be a little more freaky and abstract instead of quirky and nicely-packaged like my last album was,” Steve explained. He then went on to cite early records by Iggy Pop and Dylan and The Band’s electric tour that were panned at the time and lauded in hindsight. “There is a confidence that comes with abandoning the idea of wanting to create something that everyone might like to check out.”
Now nearly ten years into his career, Steve is a cult artist of his time. He has been called to record with his heroes (Paul Simon, Kanye West) and contribute significantly to his contemporaries’ modern masterworks (Amen Dunes, Freedom), all the while recording and releasing his own critically hailed work and sharing the stage with Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Growlers and others.
“Delicate Steve seems interested in animating rock’n’roll’s most outrageous qualities, using his studio savvy to make it do all the things it can’t in real life.” – Pitchfork
“Steve is an experienced explorer of a variety of genres … There is some twang like we’ve heard from Steve before, but overwhelmingly, the song is dance-ready, electronic-leaning rock that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Ratatat album.” – Uproxx on “Selfie of a Man”