So about a decade ago there was a big sort of shoegaze/dreampop renaissance and a bunch of new bands showed up with Fender offset guitars and loads of chorus and delay pedals on hand and, for the most part, because I’m a contrary bastard, I had no time for any of it even though – let’s be honest – they were the kind of band I dreamed about being in when I had such thoughts. But these new kids were too young, too cool, too American.
But I’m older and wiser now, and can appreciate stuff like DIIV’s first album Oshin for the rather sumptuous blend of ‘gaze, ‘kraut, and ‘dream that it is. It’s not a songwriting masterclass, but the hooks are there and the record does stand out from the pack. And on some level I knew this, as I’ve followed along with the band’s singles, at least, over their subsequent albums, but never allowed myself to really listen without knee-jerk prejudice. So yeah, pretty good.