We all do it, I’m sure. Daydream believe about what we would be in another lifetime, in a parallel universe far far away, to distract ourselves from the present. Me? A writer, hopefully. A chef? Unlikely. A rock chick? Oh yes, and if I could be in any band right now it would have to be Haim.
Haim (rhyming with ‘time’) are composed of three musically gifted sisters from California, Este, Danielle and Alana, and their drummer Dash Hutton. I first heard their music earlier this year when a few UK fashion magazines featured them and I listened to the infectious Falling on repeat. My friend Sharmayne was clever enough to catch them at Glastonbury on the Pyramid stage while I had to make do with listening to them on Radio 1 stuck on the A12, vicariously living it through her ears and our Facebook conversation.
Haim’s music is accomplished, with beautiful harmonies, ’80s synths and blues guitars and has been described as ‘music that sounds like it was written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie Nicks, John Waite and En Vogue’ by The Guardian’s Sam Wolfson. They released their debut EP, Forever, in 2012 to critical acclaim. They have been a striking presence on the music scene for a while now; they were spotted at SXSW in 2012 and topped the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list, but their anticipated debut album, Days Are Gone, was only released on Monday.
Oh, how I envy their endless flowing locks, their nod to Alannis Morrisette with a very on-trend 90s grunge feel and their hot Californian lifestyle. Haim look like they’ve had a scuffle with Urban Outfitters, Topshop and Acne and come out on top, unscathed with glossy hair and Ray-Bans intact. They’re hipsters with the requisite attitude but have a self-deprecating, down- to-earth vibe that only adds to their appeal.
Haim have been voted the best new festival act of 2013 by NME. Check them out now before festival season rolls around again…
Days are Gone is out now on Polydor