Dive – “Corvalis” (Stereogum Premiere)

The nascent Brooklyn-based brainchild of Beach Fossils guitarist Z. Cole Smith, Dive’s lead (and only) single, “Sometime,” is a chilly, chiming, highly promising cut of delayed guitars, gauzy vocals, and kraut-intoned undertow. Its melody and vocal treatment are slight, and airy, but charged and strong enough to sustain a worthy remix by fellow Beach Fossil John Peña’s own side-project, Heavenly Beat. If you’ve kept up with our mixtapes this past month, you’ve seen both the original and remix already. If not, cop both, they’re worth the download.

Captured Tracks is issuing Dive’s debut 7″, and “Sometime”‘s b-side is the track we’re hosting here, “Corvalis.” This one’s dreamier and more diaphanous still. It’s more of a vibe exercise than a songwriting showcase, but in tandem with its flipside, “Corvalis” helps sketch out the parameters of the pretty, melancholic crate-digging dream-pop they’re going after. Try it:

Dive – “Corvalis”

Here’s “Sometime”:

Dive – “Sometime”

And the remix from Heavenly Beat (Beach Fossil’s John Pena):

Dive – “Sometime (Heavenly Beat Edit)”

Along with Cole, Dive features ex-Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, Andrew Bailey, and Devin Ruben Perez. They have another single slated for November, and a proper EP set for the following month.

Dive - "Corvalis"