Is The Is Are (LP)


DIIV

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Brooklyn’s Diiv are back after four years with an album that delivers on the promise of their debut, Oshin. Musically, Zachary Cole Smith and co. still dole out shimmering guitar-pop nuggets that surf on waves of reverb and atmospheric distortion. Songs like “Under the Sun” offer a pure rush of new wave beats and summery melodies, even as Smith’s lyrics delve into his struggle with addiction. It follows one of The Cure’s best tricks: sounding lively even at their bleakest. Songs like “Dopamine” are far from numbed out — Smith’s jaunty vocal is as close as he’d let himself get to Tom Petty, while still encased in a fog of reverb. Is The Is Are is a bit sprawling at 17 tracks, and after a dynamite opening, some of its shorter tracks in the middle don’t sink in, compared with the relatively taut Oshin. But that also gives Is The Is Are room to roam and the feeling of some alt-rock record of yore, like a Guided By Voices or Sonic Youth album (speaking of the latter, Smith’s girlfriend, Sky Ferreira, shows up to play Kim Gordon on the breathy “Blue Boredom”). Smith also should get credit for expanding his guitar palette while keeping things trim and stylistically consistent, adding My Bloody Valentine-style bends and distortion to his crisp, Felt-ish tones only when necessary. As layers of heavily distorted riffs close out “Waste of Breath” like interlocking corroded piping (epic by Diiv standards at nearly six minutes), Smith’s talents are firmly re-established. We’re perfectly willing to follow Smith’s meanderings when he lands in such fertile territory on the ultimately victorious Is The Is Are.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Out of Mind
DIIV 03:08
2.
Under the Sun
DIIV 03:47
3.
Bent (Roi's song)
DIIV 05:40
4.
Dopamine
DIIV 03:56


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Blue Boredom
DIIV 02:33
2.
Yr Not Far
DIIV 03:18
3.
Take Your Time
DIIV 03:19
4.
Take Your Time
DIIV 04:58


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Is the Is Are
DIIV 03:09
2.
Mire (Grant's Song)
DIIV 05:35
3.
Incarnate Devil
DIIV 04:43
4.
(Fuck)
DIIV 00:17
5.
Healthy Moon
DIIV 04:12


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Loose Ends
DIIV 03:13
2.
(Napa)
DIIV 01:44
3.
Dust
DIIV 04:34
4.
Waste of Breath
DIIV 05:23

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