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Oshin

DIIV

Oshin

Debut album of guitar-driven dream pop and shoegaze from the Brooklyn quartet led by Beach Fossils' touring guitarist Zachary Cole Smith

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
Captured Tracks
UK Release date
25/06/2012
US Release date
26/06/2012
  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    In a time when there is much hand wringing about the future of guitar music amid fears of being swamped with nostalgic revivalism and a chronic lack of ideas, a record like Oshin is one to be cherished
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  2. 9.0 |   NME

    Songs that take their own precious time to get where they’re going, and do so with the precision of a military operation. Drums and guitars smothered with reverb, vocals distorted to mesmerise and hypnotise
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s rare for a band to hit upon something this special so early on in their career and then be able to hone that initial energy and excitement into a debut as accomplished as this
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  4. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    Oshin isn't just a gorgeous and unusually melodic dream-pop record; it's an interesting experiment in whether a band based on voice/guitar/bass/drums can rely on the guitar to carry the song's meaning
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    An album of meticulously crafted melodies that ebb and flow with purpose, oscillating seamlessly between shimmering pop, pounding new-wave, and dream-inducing shoegaze
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  6. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Oshin emphasizes a charmingly low-budget kind of grandeur, like Ride’s Nowhere reconstructed via laptop
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  7. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Diiv is forging a distinct voice here among a crowd of familiar faces
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Smith hasn't found what he's looking for throughout this epic 13-song journey. Yet he's torn his guts out and seemingly had the time of his life while fitfully trying
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  9. 8.0 |   Bowlegs

    A record you can get lost in, with songs that float on the periphery rather than existing in plain grey reality
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Effervescent jangle-peppers make their debut. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s an album in the true sense, each song a building block on an overall journey
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  12. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Dive into the glistening turbulence of this big, beautiful Oshin
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  13. 8.0 |   The Fly

    DIIV exist in the hazy, blissful end of the shoegaze spectrum, where every day is a stoned slice of summer
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  14. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    All of the songs on Oshin are good. A lot of them are really good. So good are these songs that you don’t realize they’re all sort of the same until you’ve gone through, like, seven of them, and even then it’s difficult to fault DIIV for sticking to one sound since they do it so well
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  15. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If there’s one thing that Smith has nailed, it’s the knowledge that less is more; there are few opportunities to over-indulge in the songs on Oshin. You can wallow in them, briefly, but they don’t stay with you. They have some other place to be
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    Oshin is a pleasant listen, especially for anyone partial to Beach Fossils or the Captured Tracks sound in general
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  17. 7.0 |   Spin

    Shoegaze-y NYC tyros swoon sweetly, shine brightest when the hazy guitars and cloudy vocals are offset with stiff motorik
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  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It's not landfill indie so much as cloud-formation indie: a sequence of beautiful shapes, billowing magnificently, only to blow away on the breeze
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  19. 6.0 |   The Observer

    What rescues Oshin from being a set of aqueous dream-pop search engine tags is the band's latent Krautrock bent
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  20. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Oshin’s peaks and troughs are conducive to slightly different kinds of meditation
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  21. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    Oshin is very nice. It’s great at being nice. And because it’s 2012 and because it’s tediously unassuming, people will listen to it in the background once or twice while skimreading blogs and forget about it within a year
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