Oh, my, what a debut! This group makes me love guitars and freedom still more than I did before. These songs are well-distilled, yet aqueous expressions that deny traditional song structures in favor of open space and something a little more like free jazz. Zachary Cole Smith, DIIV creator, classifies the songs into three categories: “happy, Kraut, and sad” [don’t mess with the Oxford comma], and he is right on track, of course. These explorative jams bring a great expansiveness to your day (life?), and open up any already-great KJ set into something dreamier.
Quick Take: Amorphic, mysterious, and distrait free-form rock Think: Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, a spacier and krauty Real Estate REC: All of them, but especially 2, 5, 12 FCC: None of them Label: Captured Tracks Release Date: June 26, 2012
Alex Applegate reviewed this album on July 1, 2012