Those who like their indie rock watery and unresolved will find good dowsing here. Brooklyn's Diiv used to be called Dive; Diiv mainman Zachary Cole Smith is in a band called Beach Fossils, and the album's title is, basically, the word "ocean" spelt funny. On the dappled surfaces of this pretty record, the light skitters off trickling, Cure-like guitars. Cole Smith's words, meanwhile, are so vague, they sound like they are being mouthed by anemones. What rescues Oshin from being a set of aqueous dream-pop search engine tags is the band's latent Krautrock bent. Past Lives and Human really could go on for another couple of minutes, such is the lock of their grooves.
Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666