It’s been four years since touring guitarist Zachary Cole Smith decided to break out and form his own outfit. Since then what he thought would just be a personal pastime has become one of New York’s best known psychedelic rock bands. The band, originally named Dive but later renamed DIIV, released their first album in 2012, a 13-track opus that was warmly received by fans and critics. But even after ‘Oshin’ was released Zachary carried on with his prodigious writing and by 2014 he had more than 150 songs to choose from for DIIV’s second album. And that album has already taken complete shape; as I write this the full list of 17 tracks that make up ‘Is The Is Are’ are already known. Three of those songs; ‘Dopamine‘, ‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’ and ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ have already been published as singles.
‘Under The Sun’ is therefore the fourth helping of Is The Is Are, which will be made available in its entirety on February 5. The new single retains the retro-rock vibe and echoey vocals of the 2012 recording; the Nirvana influence still looms large. Despite the energy in the drums on Under The Sun, there’s a melancholic, forlorn air about the arrangement- the feeling of a memory of a dreamy place you can never go back to. Even with the sadness clinging onto the melody, you will not help but develop an addiction to this and the rest of DIIV’s sophomore project. You can pre-order your copy of Is The Is Are here.
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