DIIV: Brown Paper Bag

DIIV prepare to return with their new album, Frog in Boiling Water, set to be released on May 24th, 2024, through Fantasy Records. Alongside the album's announcement comes the debut single, Brown Paper Bag

The upcoming album marks the band's return since their great 2019 release, Deceiver. Helmed by producer Chris Coady (Slowdive, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Frog in Boiling Water draws its title from Daniel Quinn's The Story of B, and is based on themes of gradual disintegration. 

The creation of this album, spanning four years, proved to be a strenuous process which tested the band's limits, ultimately leading to a newfound collective approach and a desire to evolve their sound.

The band explains: “If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.

We understand the metaphor to be one about a slow, sick, and overwhelmingly banal collapse of society under end-stage capitalism, the brutal realities we’ve maybe come to accept as normal. That’s the boiling water and we are the frogs. The album is more or less a collection of snapshots from various angles of our modern condition which we think highlights what this collapse looks like and, more particularly, what it feels like.

Photo by Shervin Lainez

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