December 18, 2011


Last February, lo-fi indie pop trio Beach Fossils took their toes out of the sand and went on a vacation from the sounds of summer in their melancholy affair, What a Pleasure. With the arrival of a brand new side-project from guitarist Z. Cole Smith, we now get a clearer picture as to why you shouldn't read too far into Beach Fossils seasonably-apt name, or any band that gets you thinking about sunshine and warm weather for that matter. DIVE consists of Cole Smith, Andrew Bailey, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt and Devin Ruben Perez. Dreary and downbeat, their sound don't stray too far away from that heard in Cole Smith's most recent Beach Fossils output, yet it's obvious that his intents are to focus this side-piece on guitar-driven textures with an additional layer of gauzy synths like that of fellow Captured Tracks labelmates Wild Nothing or Manchester's clammy alt-pop scene of the '80s. To date, DIVE has released two recommended 7" singles to get you acquainted: "Sometime" b / w "Corvalis", which is available now, and the upcoming "Human" b / w "Big Joke" due out on December 20th. There's yet to be any confirmation of a debut full-length but assuming it's in the works, DIVE will likely make a big splash in 2012.

DIVE - "Human"

DIVE - "Sometime"

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