The trio of sisterly devotion, respectively, have come a long way from their once inspired marionette act, formerly known as Valli Girls. The trio that was once part of the tween quintet whom graced our screens, eventually disbanded — along with the short lived animated series Trollz, which they sang the opening theme song, “It’s a Hair Thing” — to form Haim, the punk goddesses of indie-pop.
Their first full-length album, Days Are Gone, is an homage to the classic: thuds of guitarist strumming, a mix of echoes reverberating off the heavy sound of instruments, a soft collection of harmonies, and a musical palette of refined polish previously heard in the late 80s-90s. Haim has got a number of classics on this album, and I’m not referring to the fact that most of them sound like classic songs, but rather the tracklist is a classics within its own right. Listening to the full album reminded me of Fleetwood Mac’s musical style, and of course various others. Even though Haim is known for adopting the sound of past legends, there is an uncanny distinction to their rock-like charm.
Haim focused more on the production of the sound, rather than the lyricism for this album; however many of their songs enforce an openness into their thoughts, which are loosely worded, it is overshadowed by the lush polish of their soft melodies. Songs like “Falling,” and “Forever” are synced with echoing harmonies, and blended with both dull and high tempo arrangements.
Days Are Gone is a refreshingly tight collection of re-imagined oldies that have been made new; if you’re an admirer of the rock-esque vibe that has been amplified through pop influences, you’ll be sure to love Haim’s new album.
Days Are Gone is out now on iTunes, but you can check out Haim’s latest music video for “The Wire” right here.