DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece.
Inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut 'Sometime'; finding it's way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Stereogum a mere matter of weeks after the group's formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith's childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA; the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it's earthly perfections and perversions.
A lot of DIIV's magnetism was birthed in the process Mr. Smith went through to discover these initial compositions. After returning from a US tour with Beach Fossils, Cole made a bold creative choice, settling into the window-facing corner of a painter's studio in Bushwick, sans running water, holing up to craft his music.
In this AC-less wooden room, throughout the thick of the summer, Cole surrounded himself with cassettes and LP's, the likes of Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Faust, Nirvana and Jandek; writings of N. Scott Momaday, James Welsh, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, and James Baldwin; and dreams of aliens, affection, spirits, and the distant natural world (as he imagined it from his window facing the Morgan L train).
The resulting music is as cavernous as it is enveloping, asking you to get lost in it's tangles in an era that demands your attention be focused into 140 characters.
01 Feb, 2016
DIIV's new double album 'Is The Is Are', is released on 5th February, listen to the exclusive album stream on Guardian Music.
25 Jan, 2016
DIIV have shared the title track of their new album 'Is The Is Are', in the NME. To be released on 5th February.
15 Dec, 2015
DIIV's new single 'Under The Sun' (Captured Tracks) is Pitchfork's 'Best New Track'.
Taken from the forthcoming double album 'Is The Is Are'.
23 Nov, 2015
DIIV share a new song 'Mire (Grant's Song)' from their forthcoming album 'Is The As Are', to be released in 2016.
13 Nov, 2015
In the new NME Radar, 'Best New Tracks' for 13th November, are featured new singles by Primary Talent artists:
Santigold - 'Can't Get Enough Of Myself'
Sunflower Bean - 'Wall Watcher'
DIIV - 'Bent (Roi's Song)'
27 May, 2014
Pitchfork TV presents DIIV live at 285 Kent, Brooklyn performing a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone'.