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Shimmering, immersive, and buoyed by a light sense of melancholy throughout, Is the Is Are is filled with stunning purpose, distilling the jangly shoegaze outfit’s early sound into something atmospheric but focused—despite its palatial, 17-track length. Highlights (including “Dopamine,” “Is the Is Are,” and the aching “Mire (Grant’s Song)”) don’t break the mood so much as surface like moments of clarity in the middle of a dream.

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This record is really inconsistent; there are three great tracks (Out of Mind, Under the Sun, and Dopamine), but the rest of the album just doesn't have the magic that Oshin had. I think Zach waited to long to get this out and ended up overthinking it. But there are certainly good songs here if you take the time to listen a few times.


The first two singles are incredible. Very emotional, personal lyrics. Excited to hear the rest of the album :)

Great follow up to an incredible debut

I've listened to Oshin dozens of times since it was released in 2012. ZCS has taken the best parts of the first album and experimented on making them feel larger and louder than before. The 2 guitars fit together like a glove on every track. The wall of sound generated by the 5 members of the band on every track really give your ears a workout.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Making music that combines shoegaze bliss with grunge catharsis, Brooklyn's DIIV is the project of Zachary Cole Smith. Born in New York, Smith began playing guitar as a young boy and joined a few bands during his school years, including one with guitarist Andrew Bailey. After a few years with the psych-rock band Soft Black and then Beach Fossils, Smith formed DIIV in 2011 as a forum for his own songs, enlisting Bailey, bassist Devin Ruben Perez, and ex-Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt as his live...
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