Mythologies’ takes in a vast array of influences whilst taking its name from Roland Barthes’ 1957 collection of essays on semiotics and myth. A rollercoaster of sonic thrills - the cinematic widescreen brilliance of ‘Channel View’, the motoric rhythms of ‘In Flux’, the cascading sonic beauty of ‘Freak Waves’ or the scintillating beauty of ‘Seven Sisters’ and ‘Signs To Lorelei’ before the seismic surge finale of album closers ‘Mysteci’ and ‘Reverie Bravo’, it’s a marked and ambitious departure….
As the band says: “We had no permanent base whilst making this album and creating it in so many varied locations undoubtedly influenced us in a positive sense. We felt very nomadic and the sense of freedom inspired us to experimentation.”
The newfound sense of freedom has inspired and certainly influenced the self-produced ‘Mythologies’. Recorded at various locations in London, Marc’s studio home, a monolithic high-rise next to MI5 headquarters overlooking the Thames (one floor above offices that once housed anti-terrorist units in the 60’s), a converted church in Ramsgate and the fabled environs of Chemikal Underground’s Glasgow studio Chem19.
Recorded 2014-2015 at: Marc’s house, Dean’s house,
Big Jelly Studios - Ramsgate, Chem 19 Studios - Glasgow, Gun Factory Studios - London
Produced by: Dean Reid and Cheatahs
Engineered by: Dean Reid and Marc Raue
Mixed by: Dean Reid except track 11 Track 11 mixed by: John Catlin and Dean Reid at Assault & Battery Studios, London
Additional Engineering at Big Jelly Studios: Al Harle. Assisted by Matt Smyth
Additional Engineering at Chem 19 Studios: Jamie Savage
Additional Engineering at Gun Factory Studios: Constantin Groerert
Mastered by: Tom Woodhead at Hippocratic Mastering
Artwork and cover design by: Spencer at Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables and Marc Raue
Paris aerial photo credit: Biblio Archives
Perhaps I'm a bit late to the party with DIIV only discovering them a couple months ago.. but this album is UNBELIEVABLE!!! Their ability to make relatively non-technical chord progressions question the very atoms that make up your existence is why we all love shoegaze, and DIIV!!!!! ellis_boyd_redding