“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
Simply titled The Christmas Album, Delicate Steve is releasing his unique instrumental take on nine classic Christmas songs with a digital-only album release today via ANTI- Records. The album features the Christmas standards “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and more. Watch as Steve encounters a mysterious white-bearded man on a hot day in the tropics to the tune of “White Christmas”.
With Steve on the guitar, he was joined in the studio on this album by Joe Russo (Cass McCombs, The Trey Anastasio / Mike Gordon duo) on drums, Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) on bass, Marco Benevento on keys, Kelly Pratt (St. Vincent, Arcade Fire) on horns and Dan Iead (Norah Jones, Cass McCombs) on pedal steel. These songs are grounded in something deeply familiar but are channelled through the celestial perspective that has been a hallmark of this acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and producer’s music thus far. They come without regard to genre, geography, or calendar, or reality, really -- from a place we know, but that never exactly was. “The year my parents bought me recording equipment was maybe the most pivotal Christmas of my life,” Steve said of his past Christmas memories. “I developed an interest in home recording and that's where Delicate Steve would eventually come from years later. I learned how to write music through the process of recording it, so until I started doing that I never thought that I could write a song.”
‘THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM’ TRACK LIST
1. Silent Night 2. Away in A Manger 3. Silver Bells 4. O Little Town of Bethlehem 5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 6. White Christmas 7. The First Noel 8. Little Drummer Boy 9. Frosty The Snowman
Listen to the album here