With their highly anticipated debut album “Days Are Gone,” HAIM has proven to have major crossover appeal.
After the release of the group’s singles “Forever” and “Don’t Save Me,” the trio of sisters have garnered a massive following which includes celebrities and musicians like Lena Dunham, Childish Gambino and Jay-Z.
While it’s been over a year since the band’s last single was released, HAIM has been hard at work, both in and out of the studio. As the opening act for top musical acts such as Vampire Weekend, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, The xx and even Rihanna, HAIM has created major ripples on the music scene in 2013.
While plenty of people would be quick to label HAIM as an indie band, “Days Are Gone” proves that the trio will not be pigeonholed into one specific musical genre.
Fans of Bat for Lashes will find HAIM as a welcome addition to their iPod playlists. On songs like “Falling” and “If I Could Change Your Mind,” the group has a similar style, using their low voices over the synth-laden dance beats.
On “The Wire,” the band’s newest single and perhaps catchiest track on the newest album, each member gets her chance at singing lead. The interesting vocal arrangements add to what makes the track so catchy, in addition to the backup melodies and some toe-tapping rhythms. Lines like, “And I’d give it all away / just to hear you say that / Well I know that you’re gonna be OK anyway,” make “The Wire” one of the best breakup anthems in recent memory.
Although the majority of “Days” has a more ’80s dance-centric alternative feel to it, HAIM really shines when it experiments with different sounds. On “Honey & I,” the group gives off a mellow vibe where lead singer Danielle Haim’s lower voice guides the track all the way through to the end over shimmering instrumentation, reminiscent of Christine McVie-led Fleetwood Mac.
The biggest standout on “Days” comes toward the end with the song “My Song 5.” This track exemplifies HAIM’s effortless ability to craft an instantly catchy tune, while showing off their musical ability. On this fist-ponder, the trio moves away from their previous synth-heavy songs, replacing it with more varied guitar riffs and bass lines.
"Days" paces itself quite nicely throughout, starting with dance-heavy pop songs in the first half and transitioning into further varied tracks with more subdued lyrics.
For a debut album, HAIM lives up to and surpasses the high expectations set out for them. HAIM isn’t the type of band that will stick to one generic sound. “Days Are Gone” is a stellar debut from a promising group who will exceed expectations for albums to come. If this is just the band’s first album, we’ll definitely be hearing more from HAIM in the future.