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Women in Music Pt. III

Why We Love Them: We simply don’t deserve Haim. The world is far too broken to fully appreciate Women in Music Part III, the sister trio’s subtly spectacular third LP, which further establishes them as more than expert pop students-turned-teachers. Released in June, WIMPIII cuts to the center of a Fleetwood Mac and Sheryl Crow mix CD-R and extracts all its sun-kissed ‘70s soft-rock (“Don’t Wanna”), ‘90s California-pop (“Gasoline”) and a list of thrilling surprises — all courtesy of a band inadvertently shouldering a genre with their breezy brilliance. Though it isn’t just what the Haim ladies accomplish with their undervalued guitar, bass and drums that make them the year’s most vital band. It’s everything else; the psych-tinged Janet Jackson tribute that is “3 AM,” the pulsing exploration of “Now I’m in It,” which sounds like Savage Garden breathlessly dancing at a Robyn concert. Their song writing has only become more dauntless since Days Are Gone put them on the map and they help rock transcend its perceived limitations in 2020 without declining to rock altogether. We bow down to Danielle, Este and Alana, our three-headed summer girl.

These sisters had a hit a few years back and Iv’e always like their cool LA vibe but this album kicked it up a notch . This song is great but the whole album is worth a few hundred listens.

Finest Moment: Pick one: “Man from the Magazine,” a percussion-free middle finger to mansplaining journalists and their dumb-ass questions (“Do you make the same faces in bed?”) or the accidentally apt “I Know Alone,” whose opening line “Been a couple days since I’ve been out” has become a coronavirus quotable (despite being written months before the pandemic). Far too many people can relate to both

In 2017, the New York Times declared, “Rock’s not dead, it’s ruled by women.” Iterations of this thesis, equal parts tone-deaf and impressed with itself, have proliferated over the last several years, as the word “women” has been whittled down to a buzzword. Women have created complicated, vulnerable, muscular music since the dawn of rock, yet every few months, someone discovers it for the first time.

While there’s plenty of genre-hopping on Women in Music Pt. III—hip-hop, reggae, folk, heartland rock, and dance—HAIM has created an album that’s defined not just by exploration, but by their strong sense of individuality. Unlike the sparkling, thoroughly modern production of 2017’s Something to Tell You, this album’s scratchy drums, murky vocals, and subtle blending of acoustic and electronic elements sound ripped straight from an old vinyl. It’s darker, heavier fare for Haim, for sure—a summer party record for a troubled summer. Haim’s instincts to veer a little more left of the dial result in an album that strikes a deft balance between the experimental and the commercial, the moody and the uplifting. You’re unlikely to hear these songs on Kroger’s in-store playlist—on which 2017’s “Little of Your Love” seems to have become a permanent staple alongside the likes of “Eye of the Tiger” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”—but these songs are riskier, and ultimately that much more rewarding.

The best album of the Haim sisters’ collective career is a smorgasbord of genres. From the R&B worship of “3AM” and “Gasoline” to the Paul Simon-referencing “Up From a Dream”—via “Man From the Magazine”‘s raw-edged raised eyebrow—the record broadens the band’s horizons while also holding onto the core pop-rock sensibility beloved by their fans. Establishing them even further as the current torchbearers of long-haired California guitar music, Women In Music Pt. III is the record that believers have long known HAIM had in them.

On Women In Music Pt. III, Haim poke fun at the trope and prove its validity. They drift from boundless joy into hazy dream states, skipping around the vibrant streets of LA and then going through the motions in a fog. WIMPIII’s sound is similarly layered; R&B slow jams, country crooners, and melodic indie-pop build on HAIM’s soft rock foundation. Some of the album’s best one-liners and biting salvos confront the experience of being othered by men — during interviews, booty calls, relationships — but there’s no mistaking who’s in control.

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Haim new album Women in Music Pt III” is available now. Haim are really about to drop one of the best albums of the year with ‎”Women in Music Pt. III”, huh?! Following on from the release of the Stones-esque “The Steps,” the sibling  trio are leaning in a more electronic direction on “I Know Alone” – a shifty, percussive dance piece about loneliness that hits different in our weird new quarantine world: “Been a couple days since I’ve been out/Calling all my friends but they won’t pick up/Found another room in a different place/Sleeping through the day and I dream the same.” This is the American rock/pop trio’s third studio album and it will feature 16 songs, although the full track listing is still to be revealed. You can listen to ‘The Steps’ below. Because of the length of the album, this will be a 2LP vinyl pressing.

Danielle begins the third HAIM LP by bemoaning the city that built them. “Los Angeles, give me a miracle,” she sings after a flurry of saxophone starts the song. “I just want out from this.” She continues into the chorus as her sisters Alana and Este join in on backup, singing “These days I can’t win.” The City of Angels is also the city of sweaty, broken dreams, as any struggling actor, screenwriter or regular-person-stuck-in-traffic can tell you. Even Danielle—primary songwriter for the trio—who was born, raised and primed for rock stardom in the sprawling city clearly can’t stand it some days. Danielle’s depression, which she has attributed to the struggles she and her partner/producer Ariel Rechtshaid faced upon his testicular cancer diagnosis in 2016, informs some of Women in Music Pt III  most specific and heartfelt lyrics. But her sisters’ struggles are just as important. Alana remembers her best friend who passed away at 20, while Este’s life has been full of ups and downs since her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis during her freshman year of high school. They all lean on each other, and that love is perhaps loudest in stirring folk number “Hallelujah.” Though outwardly carefree, Women in Music Pt III  finds HAIM exploring darker and more serious matters than ever before, which is one reason why it’s their most complete and forward-thinking release yet. Many of these songs find Danielle, Alana and Este flat on their backs, but it’s never long before they’ve returned to their default position: upright, strutting confidently through the streets of L.A. and life itself.

Women in Music Pt III was originally due to be issued in April but will now be released on 21st August 2020.

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Nothing but good news from the Haim camp this morning: with the sisters’ new album Women in Music Pt. III getting pushed from an April release to a “late summer” release back in March, the group said “fuck that” and slotted it for June 26th . Additionally, the news arrives the same day as their latest single and video from the LP, “I Know Alone,” which skews the record’s sound in the direction of electronic dance music.

Due to certain understandable limitations, the production value on the new video is significantly less than those of its predecessors, though the trio still keep the eyes engaged with synchronized moves presumably filmed in someone’s backyard post-lockdown. Jake Schreier fills in for Paul Thomas Anderson behind the camera, and HAIM cites Frances and the Lights as a collaborator on their choreography.

I know alone song and video out now. ps- the original plan was to release wimpiii later on this summer well fuck that we are gonna release it on june 26th, just in time for summer.

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Releasing a song with a title as famous as ‘Hallelujah’ takes some real chutzpah, which Haim seem to possess in droves. This week, the Los Angeles-based trio dropped their third single in three months, and it’s a moving tribute to the bond the three sisters share. As with their previous two videos, this one was directed by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson, meaning it’s cinematically stunning by default. Inspired by sibling telepathy, the video depicts what it’s like to have siblings that always have your back.

Filmed on location at The Los Angeles Theatre, Los Angeles, California October 13, 2019 Music video by HAIM performing Hallelujah

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HAIM – ” Now I’m In It “

Posted: November 4, 2019 in MUSIC

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Haim most recently teased their new single on Twitter on Tuesday, October. 30th (aka “Haimoween”), promising a “HAIMMMMMMMMbop” and posting a delightful mini-tribute to another beloved sibling pop act, Hanson. The Twitter tease was preceded by quite a few others: Haim called their impending single “the most haim haimy haim song ever written” last Monday, revealing that they’d finished recording it on the following day. This Monday, they expanded on the inspiration behind “Now I’m in It” in an emotional series of tweets, with an unidentified Haim sister explaining that the song is “about going through it. a depression. not leaving the house type of shit.” Rostam Batmanglij, Danielle Haim and Ariel Rechtshaid as credited as the recording’s producers in the “Now I’m in It” video’s YouTube description, with mixing by Manny Marroquin, mastering by Emily Lazar (assisted by Chris Allgood), and engineering by Rechtshaid, Batmanglij, John DeBold and Dalton Ricks. Anderson and his team filmed the video on location around Los Angeles earlier this month.

“Now I’m In It“ directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Out now.

Los Angeles sister trio Haim have shared a brand new song, “Summer Girl,” via a video directed by previous collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood). Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid co-produced the song, which is out now via Columbia Records. The video features the band removing different layers of clothing while walking down various Los Angeles streets, often accompanied by a saxophonist. It was also shot at such iconic LA locations as the New Beverly Cinema (now owned by Quentin Tarantino) and Canter’s Deli.

Danielle Haim, whose partner is aforementioned producer Ariel Rechtshaid, had this to say about “Summer Girl” in a press release: “I started the song when I found out my partner had cancer. I was on tour and felt like I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically. Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine – his summer when he was feeling dark. His hope when he was feeling hopeless.”

Danielle elaborated in a series of tweets that we’ve combined: “So excited to start releasing new music as we’re working on it – kinda like we did before our first album. We finished this song a couple weeks ago and thought, why don’t we shoot something real quick and release it!… This song started out as a garage band demo in my phone with just a bass line, drums, some gibberish and a doot doot doot little melody. I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago while we were making STTY. (He’s in the clear now!) So I kept singing these lines – ‘I’m your sunny girl/ I’m your fuzzy girl/ I’m your summer girl’ –  over the bass line. Summer Girl stuck. We were touring on and off at this time and every time we were on the phone with each other or when I would come home in between shows, I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark. I wanted to be his hope when he was feeling hopeless. Fast forward to a couple months ago – I remembered this demo and pulled it up from my phone. I brought it to my friend Rostam to see if he wanted to work on it. He wrote the sax part within the first couple minutes of working on it and it all clicked. We were kinda joking about how the doot doot doot part reminded us of [Lou Reed’s] ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ and then he put this stand up bass part on top of the electric bass part and It sounded amazing! The palette was there – very inspired by Lou. And we kept it that way. I brought it back to my partner Ariel – where the inspo first started – and he put some finishing touches on it and here we are!”

Haim’s last album, Something to Tell You, was released in 2017 via Columbia. Since then they have collaborated with Twin Shadow and Vampire Weekend, appeared on Jenny Lewis‘ telethon, and are featured on Charli XCX’s upcoming album, Charli.

The Sister Sister Sister tour is coming to the UK and Europe!

Fans who are signed up to the official mailing list will have first access to pre-sale tickets for these shows: It will be their biggest UK headline show to date at London’s Alexandra Palace in their own amazing way.

Taking on Twitter, Este, Alana and Danielle jumped into an impromptu cover of Spice Girls classic ‘Say You’ll Be There’ outside the gates of the 10,000 capacity London venue, which they’ll play on 15th June.

The ‘Sister Sister Sister’ tour will kick off in the US at the start of April, reaching Europe at the beginning of June, with other UK shows announced in Glasgow and Manchester. Haim who won ‘Best International Act’ at this week’s NME Awards, released their long-awaited second album ‘Something To Tell You’ last year, which charted at #2 in the UK and #7 in the States. New album ‘Something To Tell You’ available now

10th June Glasgow O2 Academy
11th June Manchester O2 Apollo
12th June Dublin Olympia
15th June London Alexandra Palace

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When Haim announced their return with a live video for new song ‘Right Now’, it saw the band team up with ‘There Will Be Blood’ director Paul Thomas Anderson.

The pair have once again teamed up with the director for a new short film called ‘Valentine’, a 14-minute film that shows the band in the studio performing tracks from new album ‘Something To Tell You’.

Filmed on location at Valentine Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA November 3, 2016 Music video by HAIM performing “Something To Tell You,” “Nothing’s Wrong” & “Right Now”.

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With their last Like A Version cover being a Sheryl Crow number, it’s not a shock that HAIM have brought a Shania Twain classic back into the triple j studio with them for their latest effort.

“It’s hard to cover Shania, she is a queen,” the trio say, but proceed to make it look easy with their stripped-back take of lush keys and soul-piercing guitar licks, clearly having fun with the lyrics.

It’s not the transformative take we usually hope for from a Like A Version number, coming off more as a light remix considering how on-point the vocal take is, but it’s hard to argue with such a great live version of a stone-cold classic. Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love.

We want Haim back after they delivered a stunning live performance of ‘Want You Back’ in triple j’s Like A Version studio.

After four years,comes a live video single for “Right Now” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, indie-pop trio Haim are back with another song from their forthcoming sophomore album, “Something To Tell You” .

Its not a cover of The Jackson 5 but similarly named tuned, Haim’s “Want You Back” boasts its own effortless pop style that seamlessly blends Fleetwood Mac, funk and gentle electronica. The sister act crafted that pop confection on 2013’s debut “Days Are Gone” , and they’ve just about perfected it here. Este, Alana and Danielle don’t seem to waste a note during the song’s compact 3:57 runtime. Little acoustic guitar licks with handclaps and warm synth exhalations seemingly without notice. Este’s bass work struts but never gets showy. The sisters include a few call-and-responses that show a cohesion that can only happen from sharing the same blood and practicing together for years. That extends to the chorus, where Danielle raises a voice with her sisters to flatly say: “Just know that I want you back.” She argues “it’s hard to hear” it’s a total delight and so good to have this band back.

Something to Tell You is out July 7th via Columbia Records .