DIIV Skin Game gets 8/10

Skin Game
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For the first time in three years, Brooklyn indie-rockers DIIV return with new material in the form of Skin Game, the first single from the group’s upcoming third LP, Deceiver.

Skin Game features a harder, rockier edge than was evident on 2016’s Is The Is Are, though the familiar tropes of the shoegaze genre still remain, maintaining the overall feel of the track as floaty.

Sonny Diperri (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails), is responsible for the track’s exceptional production and manages to highlight the lead songwriter’s talent.

Lyrically, lead songwriter Zachary Cole Smith has stated the song is about “addiction and recovery” and has drawn upon his six-month stay in rehab during 2017. While this is a seemingly logical follow on from their previous album, Smith is coming at the topic from a new angle, now that he is ready to admit that he was an addict in need of help.