By Faye Ducker
24th September, 2013
Days Are Gone is finally here. HAIM fans all over the world can rejoice that one of the biggest bands of the year have actually released an album. For real. The three sisters that make up HAIM have been slowly integrating themselves into the UK music scene for months now, creeping around every festival imaginable and selling out their tour in less than 10 minutes. Girl power is well and truly back – and we’re loving it.
The album opens with the most familiar song to HAIM fans and radio listeners alike: ‘Falling’. The ’90s pop/grunge influence (a weird combination, but it works, trust us) is the perfect opener, irresistibly optimistic as it flows into second track ‘Forever’, a definite stand out. Lead vocalist Danielle Haim spits out lyrics in a powerful, yet soulful way. The vulnerability behind her voice is one of the more intriguing factors about Days Are Gone.
It’s hard to put a finger on just what genre of music Days Are Gone falls under, we hear hints of Michael Jackson, R&B, classic rock and even a little electronica thrown into the works; a cocktail of most genres, if you will. As the album progresses, so many different sides of HAIM come out to play. ‘Honey & I’ possesses a heavy 1950s style, portrayed light heartedly by a simple guitar riff that carries the song. Along with title track ‘Days Are Gone’, an angry Alanis Morisette-style melody with an electronic style musical accompaniment.
There’s something complicatedly simple about the production of the album. It is so stripped back and pure that it clearly exposes each member’s forte. As well as the sincere vocals, we hear the insane slap bass skills from bassist Este, as well as Alana’s mean synth and keyboard artistry.
It is so refreshing to see three musically talented women breaking through into the mainstream as a credible band, something that’s still such a boys’ club. To have such a hype surrounding HAIM even before their first album is released is something that rarely happens for any artist, but for the three Haim sisters, we can’t think of anyone that deserves it more.