With a debut album set for release next week, Brooklyn’s DIIV switch up their masterful dream pop sound for an edgy new cut.
Boston got a taste of Zachary Cole Smith and his new project DIIV (formally known as Dive) two weeks ago at T.T. the Bear’s Place with headliners Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Taking the stage first, the Brooklyn-based band nearly stole the show, conquering technical trouble with an energetic stage presence, wailing guitars, and dreamy vocals. Smith, the former Beach Fossils guitarist, is preparing his group’s debut LP Oshin for June 26th and has been bombarding the blog scene with a slew of singles leading up to its release.
The most recent taste of the album is “Doused,” a dark and immediate record that appears as the penultimate track on Oshin. As evident from the band name and album title, DIIV is associated with dreamy beach pop. Their most notable single, the shimmering “How Long Have You Known,” effortlessly exhibits this signature sound. Lyrically, “Doused” obeys the themes present on previous album cuts.
Musically, however, the band flips the formula and offers speedy guitars that craft a sinister sound not far from that of Joy Division.
The track confirms that Oshin will offer more than a few surprises and will surely be soundtracking the hot summer months that lie ahead.