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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
Oshin is the debut album by DIIV, one of the most exciting bands on the planet at the minute. It was released a couple of years back, it's dreamy hooks, indistinguishable vocals and sublime instrumentation captured the attention of the music buying public. It has a dreamy, mellow mood to it all round, which is contrary to the New Yorkers' chaotic live sets.
Both sides open with two minute long instrumentals, titled Druun pt 1 & 2. Whilst Druun 1 sounds reminiscent of Joy Division's Disorder, the faster paced Druun 2 sounds cosmic and much more unlike anything else you've ever heard.
In terms of sheer highlights, 3 songs stand out; Past Lives, Air Conditioning and Doused. Past Lives' descending melody sounds almost euphoric, but mournful too as frontman Cole Smith goes through one of his finer lyrical moments. Smith's songwriting style throughout is minimalistic, but effective.
Air Conditioning is my personal favourite, and it is the longest song on the LP. It's the moment where DIIV's biggest influences come together to form the perfect blissed-out pop song; the dreamy guitar tones of Ride and the Cocteau Twins merge with the motorik rhythms of Neu! and Amon Duul. Again the lyrics are a really minor part of the song, but when dreamy guitar lines sound like they do on Air Conditioning, singing matters not a jot.
The least dreamy moment on Oshin is Doused. Doused often ends DIIV's live shows for one reason: it sounds like it's about to finish for the duration of it's 220 second runtime. It's a very frantic song, but is easily the records highlight. Devin Perez's repetitive bassline and the fast descending riff too contribute to Oshin's Penultimate track being one of 2012's high points.
Although it lacks dynamic variety elsewhere, catchy pop song How Long Have You Known?, the melancholy Follow and the harsh sounding title track add up to make Oshin one of, if not THE album of 2012, and poises DIIV's sophomore album to be one of the decades great records.

I thoroughly implore anyone considering purchasing this LP, or tickets to see the band to do so. The album itself is accessible to begin with, but also a grower. The band clearly have a great taste in music themselves, because the likes of Joy Division, Neu! and Ride shine through on this wonderful debut album. Please buy it, you won't regret it.
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on 20 June 2013
Imagine layers of echo infused reverby guitars, with a suite of catchy pulsing driving drums and proper bass playing. The kind of music where each member is playing different notes in the same key and it all just runs together in a harmonious groove. In fact, without detracting from the recording, imagine Ian Brown way back in the mix with tonnes of Reverb in Fools Gold, jamming with Johnny Marr and Charlie Burchill AND Dave Evans on guitars with delay and chorus, backed by Adam Clayton on bass and the previous reviewers moderate Kraut Rock back beat. But imagine it's 10 times better than that just sounded. Catchy, infectious, almost dancy (but not in front of your mates) music for the sake of music. I think it's great - and very well arranged. Love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2012
I had happily stumbled across the band on the Captured Tracks site and loved them straight away. A great mix of guitar, melodies and energy. The songs released gave a great glimpse of the quality of the band's material, but this album is even better! This band deserves great acclaim and success
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2012
I'd not heard of this majestic beast of a record until I was introduced to it by my local record store (thanks Truck Records, Oxford. Moral: support your local record store). It sounds like a whole host of things I've heard before - heads down shoegazing, krautrock's motorik rhythms, the Cocteau's indistinct vocals - and yet it sounds like nothing else. All I can say is that once the waves of arpeggio guitars and pulsating backbeat start to drill their way into your cortex you'll find it as difficult to take off the stereo as I do.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
I saw DIIV as a supporting act for The Vaccines late last year and they almost outshone The Vaccines with their set. The singer emulated that of a Kurt Cobain reincarnation, which may annoy some people, but the sound of DIIV is not as heavy or melancholy(do not get me wrong, I'm a Nirvana!). Oshin itself is a great album with intricate guitar rifts giving the album an air of relaxation, before tearing back into excitement with songs like 'Doused', which personally is a standout song for me. I hope to hear more form DIIV, they are a promising act in the underground market going into the mainstream!
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on 19 February 2014
Great album, the artwork on the vinyls sleeve is almost worth owning even if the album wasn't so enjoyable - fortunately both are great!
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on 7 June 2013
A great album - very chilled and hypnotic. Definitely one to play through from start to finish - just let it wash over you!
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1 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2012
Well, apart from the attrocious spelling involved with both the artist name and album title Dive ( not Diiv) have a wonderful texture to their guitar sound... the end
That is the only memorable factor on Ocean( Oshin .. for the knobs) there arent any songs, there are hardly any melodies from the vocals or anything remotely interestng rythmically. But hey those guitars sound all fancy and reverby don't they.. yes they do.. but unless your some guitar tech/nerd who likes to masterbate to 45 minutes of a Cure-like guitar sound , then please avoid. I dream for Dive to actually use this sound add some songs that would work even without the effect pedals and maybe sing a bit.....

Oh by the way these bands do exist in the 80s...... I used to love the 80s before the 00s got its filthy mits on it and ripped it to shreds leaving just a small crying featus behind.
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