HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III
Jun 26, 2020
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The Californian Haim sisters just keeps on walking. Their image of frolicking the streets of Los Angeles boulevards and streets linked to their nonchalant and irresistibly awe-inspiring music videos (directed with confidence by their frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson (and also shot the cover art at Canter's Deli) exudes boldness and marks a period of moving beyond their sunny soft-rock influences to an even broader one, a nod back to classic rock, harmonic vocals, and casual way of being - that is, punctuated with strong sense of individuality, a way to release a cathartic feeling of rapture, and at a way, bound for glory.

Produced by Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid (partner of Danielle and cohorts of Vampire Weekend), their sound has seamlessly evolve into a cohesive piece of sound and ideas with their influences proudly up their sleeves, never sounding the same as their contemporaries and giving their all for the craft their hone so well, yet on a time of uncertainty, this record impressively leads to, of what to believe to be their best, a strong (and long) collection of tracks that strikes a delicate balance between the experimental and the commercial.

Tracks like Los Angeles (opens the record with a quasi-hip-hop, jazzy drumbeat and a subtle hint of ska that feels novel for the trio) and an ode to their home city with a lingering sense of frigid as Danielle sings, "“New York is cold, I tried the winter there once — nope.” then follows suit a rousing, shout-for-independence rock anthem The Steps; I Know Alone has an apparent electronic balladry that echoes UK garage; the reggae shaded Another Try speaks on a plea at a failing relationship; Man In The Magazine serves on a response to all of the misogyny they faced that speaks volumes over an acoustic treatment (that somehow is a nod to Joni Mitchell); 3 AM as a slick response to a booty call punctuated with West Coast hip-hop and classic R&B sound; All That Ever Mattered is a stylish composition that highlights s strong guitar work and a catchy chorus; FUBT (stands as Fuck Up But True); and the previously released tracks, Now I'm In It, Hallelujah and Summer Girl are welcomed addition to an enjoyable running time of the record.

The wide-ranging, multitudes of genres that highlights their sound in the record shows risk-taking and capable hands, that as multifaceted just like their sound, they ultimately triumph at it, simmering and rewarding for the summer that didn't come.
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