DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’

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Captured Tracks delivered ‘Is The Is Are’ this week, the long-awaited second album by DIIV. So far the press has praised the record, but there’s also plenty of fans calling it “samey” and “bland” on Reddit. It was always going to be tough following up their amazing debut ‘Oshin’, so you best just decide for yourself! ‘Is The Is Are’ covers more ground but loses some subtlety and invention in the process. Nevertheless, it’s recommended listening.

 
DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’ (Selected Cuts)

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DIIV – ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’

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DIIV have just wrapped up their South American tour (ahead of their Australian tour in February) and marked the occasion with the first public broadcast of ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ via Mexico’s Ibero 90.9 FM. It’s the third song we’ve heard from their forthcoming double album ‘Is The Is Are’ (out February 5 via Captured Tracks). The Brooklyn quartet are likely to peak expectations with this song because it subverts their jangly heritage and hits at a harder, heavier future. One that Zachary Cole Smith says defines the 17-track album. Personally, I think it’s the strongest of the three songs so far. Here’s a snippet of what DIIV had to say about it.

As posted on Diivnyc, “…hopefully by now you’ve heard Roi’s song (“Bent”), and now here is Grant’s song (“Mire”). first off, this song was one I really felt connected with the crowds on this past South American tour, in a real, visceral way. but also this is a song which i feel like should help put a lot of what we take from the album and put online before its release in context. it’s so easy to put ‘pop single’ out there, because that’s I guess what people want to hear? and this isn’t really a ‘single’ or anything like that, but i really feel like this song will help make the album make more sense, partially bc it makes more plain the darkness and heaviness that defines a bulk of the album, whether its musical, lyrical, or in some less tangible way relating to events or moments in my life around the album’s genesis. because i guess it kind of hurts me to read over and over reviews of our songs where everything is called ‘reverby, beachy, summery, happy, etc’, where the listener/reviewer can barely listen past our specific sonic palette and hear the actual SONG that is making use of that palette… in short, i feel like this song represents a really important aspect of this album, and to only represent the ‘pop single’ side of it wouldn’t be fair to the album itself.”

DIIV – ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’

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Infinity Girl – ‘Harm’

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Infinity Girl have dished up their sophomore album ‘Harm’ via Topshelf Records. It’s a playful mix of catchy college rockers and wonky shoegaze. The Brooklyn-based foursome have convinced the folks at Billboard, who posted a stream and interview last week. Stand out tracks ‘Firehead’, ‘Young’, ‘Not Man’ and ‘Hesse’ bolster the solid eleven track offering.

 
Infinity Girl – ‘Harm’ [LP Stream]

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Dead Leaf Echo – ‘Lemonheart’

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Dead Leaf Echo return with a fresh 7inch single called ‘Lemonheart’ (as premiered by Brooklyn Vegan). It’s our first taste of their forthcoming album, and despite the sombre lyrics it’s one of their happiest sounding songs yet. An upbeat shoegazer with guy/girl vocals that picks up from 2014’s ‘true.deep.sleeper’ EP. The quartet have collaborated with producer Jorge Elbrecht on the album, known for his work with Tamaryn and No Joy. The New Yorkers have also announced a string of tour dates (check ’em out here). Order the ‘Lemonheart’ clear vinyl or digital via Moon Sounds Records (out next month).

 
Dead Leaf Echo – ‘Lemonheart’

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Cloak – ‘Understand’ [Premiere]

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It’s a pleasure to present ‘Understand’, the first official single from Cloak! The New Yorkers blend the mania of noise rock with a razor sharp, industrial sound and shoegaze textures. The concoction makes for a dense, immediate, hard hitting anthem. The four piece features guitarist Adam De Rosa, percussionist Brian Mulvaney, synth wiz (and novelist) Oliver Edsforth, together with sonic mastermind Sam Tyndall. Not to forget collaborators Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum) and Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy / Nine Inch Nails). The noisemakers first formed in 2014 before posting an ear melting demo of a song called ‘Pushed’. There’s no firm plans for an EP/LP as yet, but stay tuned! Brooklyn locals can catch Cloak live on August 16 at Palisades (details here).

 
Cloak – ‘Understand’ [Premiere]

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Shana Falana – ‘Go’

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Shana Falana is set to deliver their debut full length ‘Set Your Lightning Fire Free’ on April 7 through Team Love Records. This week ‘Go’ was premiered over at Village Voice (which follows the equally awesome ‘Heavenstay‘). ‘Go’ is a wild and primal beast. Shana Falana know how to make apocalyptic rockers, big enough to put the fear of God into you!

 
Shana Falana – ‘Go’

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