Haim New EP ‘Falling’
Earlier this week it was suggested that I look at a band called Haim. I initially said ‘who? Spell that’ but two days after starting to listening to their music I am hooked. This is a bit surprising as girl bands are definitely not normally to my taste. However, this trio are definitely different and have a fresh new sound that is making their popularity grow really fast.
Likened to a newer sounding Fleetwood Mac this trio of sisters certainly have made a big splash already in the UK over the last 12 months. They have topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 list, which predicts who’ll be lighting up the charts over the coming 12 months, they have made the cover of NME, were nominated for four NME awards in February and won one of these (albeit it was Best Twitter Alana Haim, Haim (@babyhaim).
So, if you haven’t heard these gals yet try out these two videos:
The band’s line-up consists of eldest sister Este, 26, 23-year-old Danielle and 21-year-old Alana. They grew up in California’s San Fernando valley, where they made their first steps into music with the band Rockinhaim – which also featured their parents. Despite being likened to Fleetwood Mac they are big fans of 90s girl groups TLC and Destiny’s Child, but also claim to be fans of Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware and Azealia Banks. Consequently their music sounds a bit like girly folk-rock (think 80s chart-toppers The Bangles and you might start to get the idea) with a few R&B/hip-hop stylings thrown in for good measure.
They’re signed to Polydor Records and are set to release their debut album later this year, although details still remain sketchy. Their new 3 track 10″ vinyl and 4 track digital download EP ‘Falling’ came out this week. The vinyl offers two additional remixes of ‘Falling’ by Psychemagik and Duke Dumont while the digital download comes with a live recording of the trio’s appearance at the iTunes Festival last year in London.
The band aren’t doing too badly on the supporting acts front. They’ve already opened for the likes of Mumford and Sons and Ke$ha, while they also showed off their skills to a British audience recently supporting Florence And The Machine at the O2 Arena. And they can also count One Direction’s Harry Styles among their famous fans since he follows youngest sister Alana on Twitter. Watch out for them this year as the prediction is that they are going to become really big really fast.
You can see them later this month as they commence a UK tour including Reading and Glastonbury. UK Dates and venues are:
Apr 24 Heaven London, United Kingdom
May 27 SWG3 Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 30 KOKO London, United Kingdom
Jun 01 The Sound of Change Live w/ Beyoncé, Florence & The Machine, Rita Ora etc
Jun 28 Glastonbury Festival
Jul 12 T in the Park
Aug 23 Leeds Festival
Aug 25 Reading Festival
By Doug Duffin