With every new preview DIIV gives us of Is The Is Are, it becomes more apparent that the band is fulfilling the potential hinted at 2012’s Oshin.
hi. so, first, i want to say… there are two songs on our new DIIV album, “is the is are” with a person’s name attached to them… which doesn’t rly mean there are two songs ABOUT these two people, as much as they may partially be, it just means that in my head, there’s something about that person that I just can’t disconnect from the song. grant is one person. roi (pronounced row-EE) is the other. you likely don’t know them. or maybe you do? needless to say, i love them both with all my heart. roi’s song, aka “bent”, used to make me feel sad, lonely, and terrified… but circumstances have changed, and now the song makes me smile… laugh even. the primary struggle of this song now exists (hopefully forever) in the past. roi’s song isn’t really ABOUT roi, just as grant’s song isn’t about grant. roi’s song is about a lot of people, including myself, and our struggles along the path to clarity, sanity, and sobriety. roi’s song is also the second public taste of our new album… dopamine was the first. dopamine was an extension/exploration of the sounds we explored on “Oshin”, reimagined. roi’s song extends the sounds further… it removes the vocal reverb that has graced all our previous output, it places lyrical content at the forefront, and it starts to hint at the more diverse sonic palette that defines “is the is are”… it is a diverse record, it is a happy record, a sad record, a happysad, sadhappy, mad, glad, quiet, mad, dark, glad, poppy, fast, slow, heavy, fast, peaceful, angry, chaotic, beautiful, lost/found, ugly, dry, wet, fuck, fast, dead, heartbroken, in love, loud, quiet, loud, loudquiet, quietloud, happy, mad, quiet, fuck, and loud record. please like it. please love it. do you love me? DIIV is the real me. fuck, xo cole
DIIV appears to be cleaning up the production a bit for their next album, but the songwriting stays twinkly.