Dream pop band DIIV has just released a glossy celestial pop rock single “Bent (Roi’s Song)” (which can be listened to below via SoundCloud) which is now available for streaming and download via Captured Tracks.
“Bent (Roi’s Song)” has a rather otherworldly presence, yet is still quite driving. The guitars and vocals sound like they are floating away into space while at the same time the rhythm section keeps everything grounded enough to a point where everything is held together as one cohesive unit. Lyrically it is quite profound and emotional, but that is no surprise given the overtones of the song. Pitchfork goes into further detail, saying:
The song is about “our struggles along the path to clarity, sanity, and sobriety,” and Smith isn’t singing from a place of after-school-special preachiness—he’s performing from rock bottom. His voice is completely capsized by the band’s dream pop tidal wave, which makes sense. This is, after all, a song about the pain, loss, and consequences of “one hit.”
“Bent (Roi’s Song)” is an excellent example of what one can do when they let their imagination run wild, but still keep grounded enough to make sure they stay in the real world.