Like numerous musicians earlier than him, Zachary Cole Smith moved to New York Metropolis with a few devices, an aimless perspective, and a head filled with jangly guitar riffs. After spending his troubled teenagers bouncing between excessive faculties in New York and Connecticut, he settled down within the metropolis full time. Dwelling with a accomplice he barely knew in Brownsville, Brooklyn, he spent a lot of his twenties working in a vegan kitchen, which led to taking part in in bands like Gentle Black and Seashore Fossils. Ultimately, he started recording tough solo tracks below the moniker Dive (named after a Nirvana B-side, in addition to for the truth that he solely referred to as up backing musicians who shared related astrological water indicators). He established himself there at a fortunate second in indie music, when upstart report labels like Captured Tracks nonetheless had the cachet it took to get nearly any dream-pop mission touring past the confines of the then-thriving 285 Kent DIY circuit.