Posts Tagged ‘Is The Is Are’

DIIV’s Zachary Cole-Smith certainly stands out from your typical indie rock frontman. Just take his comments on the making of this, his band’s second album, which are framed in rather disturbing life and death terms: “I know I have to stay alive at least until the album’s done,”This is one shot at immortality, if I ever have one. I know it’s by far the most important thing I’ll ever do.”

Is The Is Are is certainly ambitious. A double album that takes their debut Oshin’s obsession with sonic textures and runs with it across 17 tracks. There are moments of exquisite beauty – swan-diving guitar lines and vocals that seem to be absorbed by the waves of sound – and moments where they just want to rock out, like on the melodic Dopamine.

Diiv’s Zachary Cole Smith


Dreamy New Yorkers DIIV return with 17 track double LP ‘Is The Is Are’ on Captured Tracks.’Is the Is Are’ is an album years and many personal struggles in the making for its architect, Zachary Cole Smith. Recorded and mixed in various locations in Brooklyn, the album showcases everything you know and love about DIIV and many things you did not, all with an added nuance and depth. It’s a 17-song album statement intended to resonate with its audience in much the same way that ‘Bad Moon Rising’ or ‘Tago Mago’ has for Smith himself. An extension and deepening of the musical ideas first expressed on 2012’s critically-lauded ‘Oshin’,

DIIV - Is the Is Are


‘Is The Is Are’ yields a multiplicity of textures, lyrical themes and moods. It is a more diverse world than ‘Oshin’, with different parameters and ideals. Dark and honest to a fault, the new songs are dynamic, loud, quiet, sad; they are songs that hiss and snarl; songs that, as Smith wrote recently, represent “the real me.”  Smith’s vocals, too, are much closer to the foreground, layered legibly on top of tidal waves of shimmering guitar and melodic bass weaving in and out, leaving a distinct and indelible imprint.
2LP – Rough Trade Exclusive – 500 Copies on Coloured Vinyl. This is a different Colour to the US Version.


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DIIV – ” Bent ( Roi’s Song ) “

Posted: November 23, 2015 in MUSIC
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Diiv shares “Bent,” the second single off their forthcoming album Is the Is Are, out February 5, 2016.

‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ was premiered on Mexico City’s Ibero 90.9 FM on Friday (November 20th) and a rip of the song is circulating via Reddit, as pointed out buy the band themselves. This is the third song to come from ‘Is The Is Are’. It follows the previously released “Dopamine” and ‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’.

The album will be the follow up to their 2012 debut ‘Oshin’, with the group previously describing their new material as “darker” than their first full-length

DIIV – ” Dopamine “

Posted: September 17, 2015 in MUSIC
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If you’re wondering what the new DIIV album, Is the Is Are, will be like, the Brooklyn band have just given us the first taste. “Dopamine” is a little more produced, with vocals more forward in the mix, but otherwise is in DIIV’s signature hazy style. at last a new DIIV song!

Can’t believe it’s finally starting to happen. Here’s the first song we’re letting out from our upcoming album “Is The Is Are”, out soon on Captured Tracks Records. This album has been a long time in the making, and I’ve poured so much of myself into it. DIIV is the real me. Also, don’t forget to get tickets for our tour next month with No Joy and Sunflower Bean

DIIV are touring and about to play NYC’s Irving Plaza opening for Ride and then they’ll be back to headline  Webster Hall  in November  on their tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean .