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Preview: Delicate Steve

Noah Bonaparte Pais on Steve Marion, who comes to the Circle Bar March 8

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They're called solos, and Positive Force (Luaka Bop) — the second record from Delicate Steve, written, played, produced and mixed entirely by guitar-and-feathered New Jersey streaker Steve Marion — is positively overflowing with them: fat, chewy classic-rock paeans that turn Eric Clapton and George Harrison's frowns upside down, but also limber backbends that invert into sun salutations and the kind of lubricated West African fretwork that set Dirty Projectors' last two albums apart; "Redeemer," the second side's life-affirming highlight, boasts all of the above, and "Big Time Receiver" is doused with one long solo that sprays positivity like rainbows from a fire hose. Conversely, there's not a solitary thing about the music — although a mostly instrumental set conceived and performed by one guy, this is as inclusive as indie rock gets. Marion's smiley melodic bent is derived from big-hearted memories of yesteryear TV jingles and the unrequited back half of "Layla," but his prismatic production and arcing sequencing make him harder to pigeonhole. In contrast to his 2011 debut Wondervisions, which felt like an LP-length virtuosity showcase, Positive Force unfolds like story time by an expressive but wordless narrator, whose lap just happens to be big enough for all of us. Rareluth opens. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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