What would nature sound like if it was morphed into an electronic symphony? I’m pretty sure it would sound something like this single, “Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants),” by Delicate Steve. Delicate Steve was created by New Jersey’s 23-year-old Steve Marion, who recorded this single (and the rest of his album, Wondervisions) in a rented house in Warwick, NY. What came of the band’s time spent there is an incomparable genre of experimental organic new wave psych rock (sans lyrics).
This track is something that can be left to all kinds of interpretations. I immediately think of the process of spring, when the earth around us awakes and every living thing beneath us pushes itself up through the ground, seemingly all at once. So many different species, so many different blooms. So distinctive yet so complimenting of one another. That’s how this track flows. There’s a lead electric guitar twanging its way as the synths, keyboards and drums follow, all marching together in an off-kilter unison, if you will.
It makes you wonder how Delicate Steve was able to create such mind-bending music when the band themselves said that they “ended up spending almost all of our time swimming in our lake or hiking the mountain on our 50 acres of property.”- thefader.com. Don’t forget to watch their video here for “Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants).”