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Peel Dream Magazine


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dinked 215 - very limited numbered* "wellness green" lp* + 7"* + poster* - 1 per customer (pre-order)

Expected Release: 7th Oct 2022


limited yellow lp (pre-order)

Expected Release: 7th Oct 2022


cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 7th Oct 2022


‘Pad’ presents a major sonic evolution for Joseph Stevens; the 70s era drum machines & synthesisers remain here, but he’s traded his buzzing offset guitar for a nylon-string, opting for a gentle baroque pop sound steeped in Bossa, folk & its own eerie mysticism.

With his third album as Peel Dream Magazine, the ever-evolving singer-songwriter beckons you toward a fabulist, zig-zag world entirely of his own design. On ‘Pad’, he eschews the fuzzy glories of his indie pop past. Vibraphone trembles while chamber strings take centre stage. The curtains lift to reveal banjo. Chimes. Farfisa. Here, Stevens’ pop moniker explores the boundaries of easy-listening with discordant textures & bleeps & bloops that tickle the lobe.

Alongside mid century touchstones like Burt Bacharach, Stevens draws on the cultishly-beloved tinkerings of late-1960s Beach Boys, offering a surreal melange of vintage organs & found percussion, as well as Harry Nilsson’s 1970 song tapestry ‘The Point!’. Songs like “Pictionary” chime delicately with sinister intent, evoking a palette that is outright Mod. ‘Pad’ also recalls the space age bachelor stylings of Stereolab and The High Llamas, with an occult twist that borrows from Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes.

FOR FANS OF: ‘Smile’-era Beach Boys / C Duncan / High Llamas / Broadcast / Stereolab / The Lilys / Basil Kirchin





yellow vinyl edition

  1. Not in the Band
  2. Pad
  3. Pictionary
  4. Wanting and Waiting
  5. Self-Actualisation Centre
  6. Walk Around the Block
  7. Hamlet
  8. Penelope’s Suitors
  9. Hiding Out
  10. Jennifer Hindsight
  11. Reiki
  12. La Sol
  13. Message The Manager
  14. Roll in the Hay
  15. Back in the Band

Dinked edition 215

- “Wellness” Green Vinyl *

- Bonus 4 song 7” *

- Fold out poster *

- Hand numbered edition *

- Limited pressing of 400 *

* EXCLUSIVE to Dinked Edition