Oshin by DIIV

'Oshin' gave us our first taste of DIIV's sentimental and summery dream pop stylings. Zachary Cole Smith of Beach Fossils fronts the group, who take a huge amount of influence from 90s shoegazers, 80s post-punks and a whole host of jangle pop groups. Often the sound is dreamy and melodic, sometimes its driven and rocky. They wear their influences clearly on their sleeves, but that doesn't stop them from being one of the best groups of their ilk. 

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Oshin by DIIV
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8/10 Mike 10 July 2012

Well, the band formerly known as Dive are here with their debut album, which I presume was formerly known as ‘Ocean’. This is that guy Zach from Beach Fossils in his other band which sounds, er, quite a lot like Beach Fossils. That kind of sentimental nostalgic dreampop vibe with Real Estate-esque creamy melodic pleasantness and slow, unlaboured pacing that feels kind of krauty in places. It may be a little vanilla, but it’s fresh vanilla straight from the pod and it makes everything else a little bit more delicious.

I really like his guitar playing style actually, it’s quite casual and minimal, picking out chiming little Johnny Marr-esque melodies and letting the reverb do all the work, so even though everything is a little bit blurry the ethereal, echoing tones are never crowded or confused. I think I like this best when they’re in full-on pop mode, like the glistening early ‘90s vibes of ‘Follow’, falling somewhere between Echo & The Bunnymen and Ride, maybe of a touch of Slowdive there too. There’s wall to wall laid-back classic-sounding dreampop atmospheres throughout this record, it should make a lot of you people very happy.



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