DIIV, Oshin

Andrew Mueller

By Andrew Mueller

on 12.03.12 in Reviews

In Britain in the early ’90s, the influence of My Bloody Valentine inspired a briefly flickering generation of lank-haired solipsists defined by effects-laden guitars and breathy vocals. DIIV, from Brooklyn two decades later, would have been at home on the same bill as Chapterhouse,
Ride and Slowdive, but Oshin would assuredly have been one of the scene’s better albums. “How Long Have You Known” and “Air Conditioning” are especially pretty confections, and the more upbeat likes of “Wait” nod towards the poppier moments of The Cure and Sisters Of Mercy. A brilliant reimagining of some unlikely inspiration.