Oshin (album)

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Oshin
DIIV - Oshin.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)
Recorded2011–2012
GenreDream pop
Length40:19
LabelCaptured Tracks
ProducerZachary Cole Smith
DIIV chronology
Oshin
(2012)
Is the Is Are
(2016)

Oshin is the debut studio album by American rock band DIIV. It was released on June 26, 2012, by Captured Tracks.[1] The album was produced by frontman Zachary Cole Smith.

Composition[edit]

Regarding the album's aesthetic and lyrical content, in comparison to its follow-up, Is the Is Are (2016), frontman Zachary Cole Smith reflected: "[Oshin] was hiding a bit behind an image, behind a sound – the vocals being really textural, and a sort of ambient thing. I didn't want it to be about me as a person. The lyrics were almost like universal truths, not personal."[2]

Release[edit]

In 2014, Oshin was briefly out of print due to legal issues regarding the original cover art. It was reissued in June 2015 with new artwork.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
The Boston Phoenix4/4 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
NME9/10[10]
The Observer3/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork8.3/10[12]
Spin7/10[13]
Uncut8/10[14]

Critic Ian Cohen of Pitchfork said, "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".[12]

On lists of the top 50 albums of 2012, Oshin was listed 22nd by Stereogum and 40th by Pitchfork.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and produced by Zachary Cole Smith.

No.TitleLength
1."(Druun)"2:07
2."Past Lives"2:21
3."Human"2:57
4."Air Conditioning"4:30
5."How Long Have You Known?"3:33
6."Wait"3:16
7."Earthboy"3:14
8."(Druun Pt. II)"2:46
9."Follow"2:46
10."Sometime"3:05
11."Oshin (Subsume)"3:32
12."Doused"3:43
13."Home"2:29
Total length:40:19

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Oshin.[17]

DIIV

  • Zachary Cole Smith – vocals, guitar, production
  • Andrew Bailey – guitar
  • Colby Hewitt III – drums
  • Devin Ruben Perez – bass

Additional personnel

  • Kiakshuk – cover illustration
  • Sandy Kim – band photo
  • Simeonie Kopapik – liner illustration
  • Kopapik Qaqyuarqyuk – illustration (back cover)
  • Daniel James Schlett – mixing, recording
  • Nico Testa – assistant engineering
  • Ben Wolf (Ben Newman) – drums (tracks 1, 8, 11, 12)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Record Store Albums (OCC)[18] 27
US Top Current Albums (Billboard)[19] 158
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[20] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[21] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 18, 2012). "Stream DIIV's Debut LP, Oshin". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Finamore, Emma (January 20, 2016). "Lost/Found: DIIV Interviewed". Clash. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Hudson, Alex (June 23, 2015). "DIIV's 'Oshin' Treated to New Vinyl Pressing". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Reviews for Oshin by DIIV". Metacritic. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Oshin – DIIV". AllMusic. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Anthony, David; Greenwald, David (June 26, 2012). "DIIV: Oshin". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Pelly, Liz (July 10, 2012). "DIIV | Oshin". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Smith, Grady; Anderson, Kyle; Rahman, Ray (June 29, 2012). "Albums: July 6, 2012". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Costa, Maddy (June 28, 2012). "Diiv: Oshin – review". The Guardian. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Howard, Tom (July 8, 2012). "DIIV – 'Oshin'". NME. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  11. ^ Empire, Kitty (July 1, 2012). "Diiv: Oshin – review". The Observer. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (June 26, 2012). "DIIV: Oshin". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  13. ^ Marchese, David (June 26, 2012). "DIIV, 'Oshin' (Captured Tracks)". Spin. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "DIIV: Oshin". Uncut (182): 70. July 2012.
  15. ^ Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012 – Stereogum
  16. ^ "Oshin (Bonus Track Version) by DIIV". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Oshin (CD liner notes). DIIV. Captured Tracks. 2012. CT-158.CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. ^ "Official Record Store Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  19. ^ "Top Current Albums". Billboard. July 14, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "DIIV Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  21. ^ "DIIV Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2015.