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FILTER Grade: 84%

By Laura Studarus on June 25, 2012



The side project of Beach Fossils’ Zachary Cole Smith, DIIV has the nectar of its predecessors running through its lo-fi veins. Shoegaze with a retro twist, it becomes clear early into Oshin’s first track “(Druun)” that Z.C. Smith is well studied in the career of Robert Smith. But while successfully appropriating The Cure’s guitar-driven melancholy, DIIV takes the sound to a much more introspective place. Titled after a Japanese television drama that ran for a year and featured the life of its character from childhood to middle age, Oshin covers almost as much ground as its namesake. The album’s emotional pendulum swings wildly. Standout single “How Long Have You Known?” features a driving beat and hazy vocals—proving the The Radio Dept. doesn’t own the market on partially cloudy bliss. On the flip side, Smith dials down his cautious optimism to low boil on the sinister title track, swapping perky beats for haunted-house-style vocal swells. In all, a dreamy plunge. 

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