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Peel Dream Magazine - Pad (Yellow Vinyl)

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With his third album as Peel Dream Magazine, Joseph Stevens 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 center stage. The curtains lift to reveal banjo. Chimes. Farfisa. And as he lets out a moan atop the album’s title track, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary performance. A conceptual work about losing oneself when all they have is themself, Pad gestures towards an exciting new future for Stevens’ pop moniker by reimagining its own very existence.

The follow-up to 2020’s breakthrough album Agitprop Alterna, Pad presents a major sonic evolution for the 34 year old songwriter, who moved to Los Angeles amid the cataclysm that same year. Seventies era drum machines and synthesizers 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, and its own eerie mysticism. 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 and found percussion, as well as Harry Nilsson’s 1970 song tapestry The Point!.

“Whistle a tune I once sang, what a bore. Memories abound from when we’d go on tour.”

 

Track listing:

1. Not In The Band

2. Pad

3. Pictionary

4. Wanting And Waiting

5. Self-Actualization Center

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

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