DIIV blurs the lines of kraut-rock, grunge and jangle pop, and Oshin is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. "DIIV's bleary, guitar-driven pop has plenty of comforting surface appeal, but "How Long Have You Known?" (featured on Oshin) is the first time that the Brooklyn band separates itself from the reverb-soaked, borough-specific pack.
They manage to find commonalities between dream-pop’s pure aesthetic appeal and Krautrock’s concision, understanding that a ear-turning riff can make a three-minute song every bit as engrossing as one that's twice as long while singer Zachary Cole Smith foregrounds the title melody amidst an arrangement that’s more of a full-bodied gust than a breeze. So "How Long Have You Known?" becomes Dive’s first great song, because Smith negotiates the difficult task of standing out within a sonic template that sublimates individuality by definition.