It’s official. After a 4 year hiatus since their 2013 debut, Days Are Gone, HAIM is back and better than ever. It’s been a long wait for many fans, but it seems that all has been quickly forgiven and forgotten based on the online response to their unexpected comeback. “Want You Back” has received praise from fans and has generated a lot of excitement for their album to come, and it’s not hard to see why.
Everything that you love about HAIM is present. The harmonies are exceptional and seem effortless between the sibling band-mates. Furthermore, each sister is given the chance to shine. Este is slapping the bass to create the songs addictive groove. Danielle’s incredibly unique voice radiates as usual. Finally, Alana is more prominently featured both vocally and on piano. While all the old pieces are still working harmoniously, it is also clear that the group’s confidence has grown exponentially. If the song’s fearlessness wasn’t enough to convince their audience, they absolutely killed the song’s live debut on SNL this week. And yes, Este’s bass face is still well intact.
The track has the electro-pop sound of their previous album with an ethereal vibe that becomes infectious after one listen. The reverb on the background harmonies make them a great accent throughout the song. Moreover, the addition of acoustic guitar adds an uplifting sound to the synth percussion they so prominently feature. Not to mention the band’s innovative verses that surround the simplistic chorus. Taking lyrics like:
“Don’t take it out on me now/Cuz I blame it all on myself/And I had a fear of forgiveness” and still making the song sound hopeful and summer-ready is quite a feat. HAIM has a great way of playing on current pop trends where songs need to be immediately memorable while remaining self-reflective in their verses. Meanwhile, it is their ability to stay true to their sound and vision that sets them apart and makes them even more memorable.
Unsurprisingly, fans are now eagerly awaiting the release of HAIM’s new album Something To Tell You, set to be released July 7th. Hopefully, the rest of the album is as successful as this first release and knowing these sisters, the whole will be even greater than its parts.
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