Posts Tagged ‘HAIM’

February 27, 2018

We’ve had an incredibly long Twin Shadow drought, though esteemed musician George Lewis Jr. has made surprise appearances on Rainsford’s Intentions as well as Zeds Dead’s Stardust in the past year. But it’s been a few years since Twin Shadow released any new material of his own, so when we came across two new tracks from the Brooklyn based synthpop and new wave artist, we were overjoyed. And he’s linked up with the HAIM sisters on one of the tracks, no less! That song is named Saturdays, a crisp pop rock thrummer whose punchiness and crunchy rhythm is perfect for the HAIM alliance. Alongside Saturdays comes Little Woman, a moodier experimental offering that feels very different from George Lewis Jr.’s usual repertoire. There’s a theatrical feel to the brilliant song, almost like a Phantom Of The Opera meets Perfume Genius aura with its crashing chords and softly brooding vocals. The welcome arrivals herald the coming of a new album from Twin Shadow named Caer, out April 27th. Stream/download Saturdays, here. Watch the video for Little Woman below.

December 13, 2017

Yes, it’s another track involving the great Mura Masa, who’s been busy behind the scenes producing for a bevy of talent these days, including a surprising  array of rising indie projects from across the genres, like Jadu Heart and Issac Gracie. Today, we dance to his ever nimble beats and aerated notes as he gives the HAIM sisters a fabulous electro-pop styled remix. Walking Away goes bubbly spry and spacey burbling on Mura Masa’s re-envisioning, in a way that reminds me of Terror Jr, with a generous slathering of texture. 

August 10, 2017

We have one more to leave you with on this epic music journey we’ve had today, and it’s a remix that we most certainly did not expect to encounter, but am very much glad we did. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from BloodPop®, the producer and musician formerly known as Blood Diamonds, later known as DiamondDahi. There may have been a few other moniker changes in between that we’ve missed. The Los Angeles based artist has worked with Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Madonna in the past, but some of our favorite music from him was when he collaborated with Grimes (while he was Blood Diamond). He makes a return to IHM with a lustrous pulsing remix of the HAIM sisters’ snappy hooking single, Little Of Your Love. There’s a Jack Ü meets Cashmere Cat feel to the track with its pitched vocal chops, vivacious beats, and jagged synths. The remix is a welcome new approach on a signature HAIM tune. You can grab it, here.

May 4, 2017

The world has been waiting a very long time for the Haim sisters’ sophomore album, or so it feels. It has, after all, been four years since that fantastic debut album named Days Are Gone, and the Los Angeles pop rock sisters have been teasing us regarding new music for quite some time now. Last week, we finally received some sweet reprieve from our hungering for new HAIM when they released a Paul Thomas Anderson directed studio video for a song named Right Now. Fast forward a week and what do we get? The official lead single from their new album Something To Tell You! Want You Back is finger snapping good. The guitar chirpy, keys effulgent anthem reminds us how bad we really did “want you back” when it comes to HAIM. New album Something To Tell You will arrive on July 7th. Want You Back is available via all streaming/purchase outlets and services, here.

April 28, 2017

Rumors of a new HAIM album have been floating around forever, but the Haim sisters have taken their time to deliver any details or present any new material. That all changes this week as the pop rock four piece from LA drop new song Right Now via a video directed by esteemed Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson. The understated fashion in which Right Now begins, and the austere studio setting of its video, makes it feel like we’re in that room with HAIM, experiencing Right Now live and in the flesh. It’s as if HAIM has shaken off some of the glamorous pop frills of yore on this version of the song to fully focus on stark instrumentals and powerful vocals. In fact, Right Now reminds me of Lorde’s Liability and how that felt more like a stripped down performance, too. Right Now’s spartan guitar strums, soft high hats, and slow building chords even evoke Jack Antonoff, who worked with Lorde on Liability. HAIM has always reminded me of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, and the comparison is immensely applicable here. I can’t help but wonder what the album version of Right Now sounds like, even though I find myself much enthralled by the one we’ve been shown in the interim. HAIM’s sophomore album Something To Tell You will be released on July 7th. 

December 8, 2016

I’ve been listening to that new Electric Guest jam a lot lately since it first arose last month. Dear To Me glides with such ease, whisking me away on a sublime flight each and every time. The dreamy grooving, feathery cruising concoction now comes with a fresh video accompaniment. Its laid back clip even features cameos by Adam Samberg and the HAIM sisters, who also provide backing vocals on the song. The LA quartet have finally announced plans to release their long awaited sophomore album come 2017, and they’ve certainly whet our appetites with lush and lustrous synthpop on its lead single. Grab Dear To Me as a single from iTunes as we keep on the lookout for news about that second album. 

August 6, 2015

One of today’s music surprises is a cover remix of Tame Impala’s Cause I’m A Man by reigning pop rock girl crew HAIM. The original, is, of course, off the psych rock band’s fantastic album Currents. The HAIM sister slow the track down and lend their powerful chops to the song, making it into a slow grooving power ballad. 

M83 – Holes In The Sky feat. HAIM

March 3, 2015

We all know how epic soundtracks for big Hollywood flicks are nowadays. The next massive soundtrack to look forward to, whether you’re a fan of the blockbuster or not, is the soundtrack for the next edition of The Divergent Series, Insurgent. Today, we get to hear a new M83 song off of it, and it features the much popular HAIM sisters. It’s two acts I’m superbly fond of in one track, plus it’s HAIM in a way we’ve never heard them before, so I’m quite satisfied. Anthony Gonzalez has always been the brilliant genius when it comes to crafting music perfect for affecting movie moments. Tender Holes In The Sky, though not as sweeping as some of M83’s other music, is still a magnificent, luscious piece, and HAIM goes for a more simmering, less grooving sound with their guest vocals on the track. Is it beautiful? Yes, yes indeed. Other acts featured on the Insurgent soundtrack include Royal Blood, Woodkid (featuring Lykke Li), Anna Calvi, Zella Day, SOHN, Imagine Dragons, and Joseph Trapanese. Yea, buddy. Watch this space, I have a feeling I’ll be sharing many of those with you, considering my undying love for most of these acts. The soundtrack gets a release on March 17th.

February 16, 2015
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Truth be told, I need to go focus on watching my boys Klay and Curry lead the West to an NBA All Stars victory, but before I go, here’s a must share remix that I can’t let pass by. Lately, I’ve been rather fixated on Calvin Harris’ song Pray To God, very much so because of my love of HAIM and their retro styled Fleetwood Mac influenced pop. It’s an irresistible jam that brings their sound together with Calvin Harris’ electronic production. For those that prefer their EDM more, um, EDM than pop, check out this killer remix of Pray To God by Calvin himself, who teams up with legendary producer Mike Pickering on this high energy “Hacienda” remix, named after The Hacienda house movement in the 80’s. Bombastic, boisterous house beats and resplendent piano chords will blow your roof off on the vibrant new makeover. 

October 30, 2014
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Jordan Klassen will sweep you off your feet with his warm, soothing vocals and charming folk pop music on new single Firing Squad, out November 18th via Nevado. It’s a playful but bittersweet chamber pop channeling gem, reminding me of the UK’s Dan Croll. Jordan also unleashed a cover of HAIM’s hit Falling, giving it a plentiful infusion of Sufjan Stevens like baroque and string filled style. He’ll be embarking on a tour come November that stops in San Francisco at Neck Of The Woods on the 21st, before he heads out all over Europe.