DIIV – “Under the Sun”



Pop rock band DIIV have just premiered a glimmering new single “Under the Sun” (which can be listened to below via SoundCloud) which will be on their upcoming album “Is the Is Are” that comes out on February 5th via Captured Tracks.

“Under the Sun” has that nice lustrous shimmer to it that many goth/new wave bands of the 80’s/early 90’s had. What keeps it from sounding completely dated however is a very modern deep grooving bass line that makes itself very much present for the duration of the song. It captures the imagination and in a way is really quite sobering. Pitchfork goes into further detail, saying:

“Under the Sun” is perhaps Smith at his most vulnerable. In a Tumblr post explaining that it’s a love song to Sky Ferreira, Smith becomes markedly moved. (“I don’t think I would have made it out if it weren’t for love,” he writes. “Not really sure what else to say.”) The tone of the track itself is quickly euphoric, beginning with its chiming opening guitar. As each instrument joins, most notably the rather (ahem) sunny guitar that carries the song, Smith declares his constant devotion: “Yes I’ll come back to you/ No I won’t ask where you run/ Under the sun.” It’s poppy, positive, and pure, all of which add up to an exciting move from DIIV.

If you need something to put some sunshine and happiness into your day, you need this song in your life.


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