July 2, 2012
I’m sure the hipster hype machine is going crazy over this band, but that shouldn’t deter you from giving it a try. This album will be the companion to my hazy post-graduation summer. DIIV (pronounced “dive”) is the side project of Beach Fossil’s tour guitarist Zachary Cole Smith. To me, this band sounds like the bastard child of Cloud Nothings and Real Estate: melodic indie pop songs with just the right amount of shimmer and reverb. The whole album’s got a very laid back/washed-over feel that just feels so appropriate for summer, yet still remains interesting and engaging in its entirety.