Three L.A. sisters make up the rhythmic and powerful band, Haim: rhythm guitarist Alana (19), vocalist and guitarist Danielle (22), and Este (24), the bass player. They started as a family band with their parents, as they affectionately call Mama and Papa Haim.
Haim is currently offering their EP, Forever, as a free download on their website, and you should definitely take a minute to checkout these three tracks. The EP starts with beautiful acapella vocals on “Better Off” and compliments it with a simple, tribal-drum track that adds momentum to the overall sound. The sisters shared that they had a lot of classic rock influences from their parents, but as the trio got older, they wanted to listen to more pop music, including R&B. You can hear the cross-breed of some classic rock instrumentation and the foundation of a simple classic rock sound and structure, combined with some of the diversity of that sexy, groovy R&B smoothness. On “Forever” and “Go Slow” you can hear some Donna Lewis pop sounds and Leslie Feist influences in the drum tracks and syncopated lyrics.
These sisters have a cohesive sound that is unique and interesting to listen to. I can hear so many slight similarities to other artists – but not in a copy-cat kind of way. Instead, they have a unique and inspired, authentic sound paired with powerful lyrics and an exciting sense of experimentation and musical curiosity.
They’ve already opened on tour for artists such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Ke$ha, Julian Casablancas, and The Bird and The Bee. This month, they’ll also be playing at SXSW in Austin. Check out their YouTube channel and follow them, because I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them in the next year or two. They’ve got some great live videos YouTube, too.