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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Shit Father – ‘Tin Birds’ (Blank Dogs Cover)

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Not all of us were lucky enough to be at The Well in Williamsburg last weekend for Captured Tracks fifth birthday fest! But… that doesn’t stop a collection of live footage hitting the web. Most notably, the jangly supergroup Shit Father featuring Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing), Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils) and Mac DeMarco. Their set featured covers of The Wake, Cleaners From Venus and Blank Dogs. Above photo via Tonje Thilesen (more @ Pitchfork).

 
Shit Father – ‘Tin Birds’ (Blank Dogs Cover) [Live Video]

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DIIV – ‘Wait’ [VIDEO] *NSFW*

Boobs! Now we’ve got that out of the way… DIIV have released a new video for ‘Wait’ from their 2012 record ‘Oshin’. Pop starlet Sky Ferreira stars, along with a bunch of other ladies looking all vintage hip. You’ve been warned – not suitable for work!

 

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Best Dream Pop Albums Of 2012

The musical gods were kind to fans of dream pop in 2012, there were big blessings for reverb drenched indie lovers and spaced out psych pop enthusiasts! In a crowded genre of talented musicians, this is a shortlist to spark your ears. Here’s the Best Dream Pop Albums Of 2012 according to Sounds Better With Reverb. Note there are bound to be some great records that are missed, so click through and leave a comment at the bottom of the page… or some harshly worded abuse. Stand by for the Shoegaze list, coming shortly.

 

Best Dream Pop Albums Of 2012…

 
1. DIIV – ‘Oshin’ (Captured Tracks) (more)

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DIIV’s debut sits at the top of many end of year lists, so this is little surprise. The New Yorkers came together after Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith decided to start a side project. Now its one of Captured Tracks most lauded acts.’Oshin’ managed to cross the genre divide and connect with a broad audience. Its simple, understated and yet it stays with you. Best digested as a whole, this is a record you need to sit down with.

2. Echo Lake – ‘Wild Peace’ (No Pain In Pop/Slumberland) (more)

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Echo Lake released an incredibly mature debut in ‘Wild Peace’. From start to finish there’s pure pop melodies performed in an otherworldly light, if only mainstream chart acts could write this well. The South Londoners crafted a special album during an uncertain time, due to the illness and passing of drummer Pete Hayes.

3. Tamaryn – ‘Tender New Signs’ (Mexican Summer) (more)

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Another much loved record of 2012. Tamaryn’s brand of sedated dream pop is easily digestible and slowly infectious. The only misstep on ‘Tender New Signs’ is that it doesn’t change gears enough. If there were a few dramatic spikes in energy or instrumentation this would’ve claimed the top spot.

4. Wild Nothing – ‘Nocturne’ (Bella Union/Captured Tracks) (more)

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Wild Nothing’s ‘Gemini’ LP was universally praised, a brilliant debut. Since making those solo recordings in 2010, Jack Tatum assembled a touring band that would record the follow up EP ‘Golden Haze’ and this year’s ‘Nocturne’. Wild Nothing’s sound has changed over the past few years but the songwriting remains strong. Tatum successfully avoided the dreaded second album flop. ‘Nocturne’ is exceptional.

5. Death And Vanilla – ‘Death And Vanilla’ (Hands In The Dark/Kalligrammofon) (more)

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One of the most underrated releases of the year. On first listen ‘Death And Vanilla’ paints a vivid picture that’s cinematic in scope, like a classic soundtrack waiting to happen. A perfect concoction of dreamy psych pop with vintage sounds and sharply composed songs. A must for any fan of the genre.

6. Frankie Rose – ‘Interstellar’ (Memphis Industries/Slumberland) (more)

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Brooklyn’s Frankie Rose (formerly Frankie Rose and the Outs) won over fans again on ‘Interstellar’. The girl pop veteran (Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls) relied less on reverb this time around, instead producing a new wave leaning record. Its full of haunting, melodramatic pop gold – her best work to date.

7. Beach House – ‘Bloom’ (Sub Pop) (more)

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Beach House received so many accolades for their 2010 LP ‘Teen Dream’ that any follow up was destined to fall short. And sure, it’s not ‘Teen Dream’ but ‘Bloom’ is a great listen nonetheless. The Baltimore dream pop duo were criticized for a lack of edge but with stunners like ‘Myth’, ‘The Hours’ and ‘Lazuli’ its too good to ignore.

8. Melody’s Echo Chamber – ‘Melody’s Echo Chamber’ (Fat Possum) (more)

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A suprising debut from solo artist Melody Prochet, a collection of songs where psych meets dream pop. No doubt influenced by the guiding hand of producer Kevin Parker (best known for his work with Tame Impala). The Parisian’s vocals are the perfect match for vintage sounds and trippy instrumentation.

9. Observer Drift – ‘Corridors’ (Forged Artifacts) (more)

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Recorded in a Minneapolis bedroom, ‘Corridors’ is an honest lo-fi release that’s worthy of praise. In some ways ‘Corridors’ is reminiscent of Wild Nothing’s ‘Gemini’. Observer Drift (artist Collin Ward) produced a very personal debut and each song feels well lived in. The rough edges only add to the charm.

10. Violens – ‘True’ (Slumberland) (more)

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New York’s Violens released their super catchy single ‘Totally True’ in April and expectations were set high for the album release. Perhaps too high. ‘True’ is at times too pretty for its own good but there are moments of brilliance. It’ll either strike you or not, that simple.

Dream Pop Albums Of 2012 (notable mentions): Astronauts Etc, Craft Spells, Memoryhouse, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Fight Bite, Shoreline Is.

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Beach Fossils – ‘Careless’

Beach Fossils will release their second album ‘Clash The Truth’ on February 19 via Captured Tracks. The record’s second single ‘Careless‘ was posted online this week. The Brooklyn trio have churned through line-up changes (reportedly more than ten drummers) since frontman Dustin Payseur recorded the Beach Fossils debut three years ago. In July bass player John Pena also moved on, he’s now focusing on his band Heavenly Beat. Meanwhile guitarist Zachary Cole Smith is still playing with Beach Fossils along with his ever growing side project DIIV. Captured Tracks are offering a free download of Beach Fossils ‘Careless’ here.

 

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Beach Fossils – ‘Clash The Truth’ tracklist…

Clash the Truth
Generational Synthetic
Sleep Apnea
Careless
Modern Holiday
Taking Off
Shallow
Burn You Down
Birthday
In Vertigo [ft. Kazu Makino]
Brighter
Caustic Cross
Ascension
Crashed Out

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