HAIM absolutely dominated the blog conversation this year, thanks to a handful of undeniable singles, a string of scorching live sets and plenty of big-name cosigns. Their debut album Days Are Gone drops September 30, but starting today it’s streaming, and we can see that the gals delivered on the buzz.
By now you’ve already read about or heard for yourself the hints of Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple and Pat Benatar in HAIM’s music, but it’s the way they fold R&B, New Wave and AOR into that framework that separates them. For the ultimate distillation of this effect, check out the completely surprising “My Song 5,” which is like Timbaland joining up with St. Vincent and playing the Lilith Fair.
Despite the “connect the dots” game you can play with HAIM’s music, they never feel like they’re imitating or cutting and pasting — and that’s largely due to their musicianship. The harmonies soar, Danielle Haim shreds with a focused intensity and the songwriting is incredibly tight. Hear the 44-minute effort over at NPR.