Joe Stevens also known as Peel Dream Magazine is an evolving pop project rooted in baroque pop, bossa and folk. He is a Los Angeles based musician, but launched his project while he was still living in NYC. During his time in NYC he released the critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘Modern Meta Physic’, channeling a meditative, droning psychedelia, the record fixates on the whimsy lives of city expats living in upstate New York.

The follow-up to 2020’s breakthrough album ‘Agitprop Alterna’, an album that pays homage to the fuzzy, mod-ish pop of acts like My Bloody Valentine and early Stereolab. ‘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!’.

Support: M. Klein
M. Klein is a musician, composer and sound artist living in Groningen, The Netherlands. He plays guitar in Lewsberg and Geo and works with electronics in several experimental outfits such as Goldblum. Solo material sees him exploring ambient and minimal music, often captured in miniature instrumentals for electronic piano and organ. He’s inspired by Erik Satie, Frans Zwartjes’ soundtracks and the electronic side of ‘Kosmische Muzik’.