Music Review

DIIV – Frog In Boiling Water

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By – Jason Hamric

Recommended if you like MBV, Shoegaze, Buried vocals, Saving the planet

Alright, listen up, you psychedelic wanderers and shoegaze devotees, ‘cause I’ve just had one frenetic, cosmic day with DIIV’s latest offering, “Frog in Boiling Water.” Picture this: it’s a stormy night, and the elusive record arrives on my doorstep like some cryptic message from a parallel universe. I slap it on the turntable and let it wash over me like a tidal wave of reverb-soaked transcendence.(OK that’s not really the truth, it was in my inbox. I had been trying to get an advance for weeks) Here’s what I can tell you after a single day of listen after listen..

First, let’s talk about the soundscape DIIV has crafted here. If you’ve ever drifted off into the ethereal fuzz of My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive, you’ll feel right at home. The vocals are buried so deep in the mix you might need a spelunking helmet to find them. Zachary Cole Smith’s voice floats like a ghost in the machine, weaving through a labyrinth of shimmering guitars and pulsating rhythms. It’s an aesthetic choice, no doubt, and it keeps the record firmly in the tradition of shoegaze where lyrics are more about texture than clarity. Now, let’s dive into the murky depths of what this album is saying. “Frog in Boiling Water” isn’t just a clever title; it’s a scathing, if somewhat obscured, political commentary on our environmental crisis. It’s as if DIIV is channeling the anxious energy of a planet on the brink, layering their message under blankets of distortion and echo. From what I can decipher through the haze, there’s a genuine urgency to their plea, a call to action masked in melancholy melodies. Tracks like “Brown Paper Bag” and “Reflected” are prime examples of this duality. On the surface, they’re lush and hypnotic, but there’s an undercurrent of despair and warning. The band doesn’t hit you over the head with their message; they let it seep into your subconscious, much like the gradual warming of that proverbial pot.

But here’s the thing – the murkiness works. In true shoegaze fashion, the ambiguity invites you to lose yourself in the sound, to find your own meaning in the swirl of guitars and reverb. It’s a solid record, no doubt, one that reveals its layers slowly.

Pick up your DIIV record anywhere you buy records – We recommend SEASICK

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