77 DIIV: Is the Is Are

Yeah, I think it’s pronounced ‘dive’


Not ‘div’, unfortunately


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Is the Is Are’ is a frequently gorgeous record that longs for the days when indie bands made expansive-cum-churning, echoey dream pop with production that ensured the vocals were so low down in the mix that the vocalists sounded like they were politely mumbling a lentil soup order in the café three doors down, which would suit the band down to a tee as they wore their floppy fringes shyly past their eyes and made videos where they sullenly moped around swinging their arms in a room projected by a lava lamp and never took their hands out of their baggy sleeves


It’s the kind of music that G’n’R set out to eliminate, so only

1 Guns ‘n’ Roses Point

for bringing them to mind

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that such naked desire to hail from a past long rendered obsolete and/or vastly improved upon, though it stands against my belief that art should always move forward with constant motion




and such deference to nostalgia pretty much means that DIIV don’t believe women should have the vote and that slavery was, all things considered, a bit of a lark


Nevertheless, ‘Is This the Is Are’…





DIIV’s latest is an extremely passable and frequently indie rock album, with songs good enough to forgive it aching for the days of shoe gazing and C86, with at least one certified


that I’m surprised isn’t more inescapable, as it’s an advert soundtrack’s wet dream


Metacritic: +72

Length 63 minutes.

This is absolutely cocking unforgivable: if the Divers had shaved off the unnecessary and made this the 30 minute breezy effort that the style is more suited to, it may well have been much higher


Number of AMAZING songs: 1 (+10)

Best Lyric: ‘Constantly aware of it all/My lonely ear pressed against the walls of your world’ +1

Is the last song just the first track but played on Ukulele? No -1

Total 114


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