Haim’s long-awaited second album — the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Days Are Gone’ — is growing ever closer. Now the LA trio have revealed a few more details about what to expect.
Originally pencilled for Autumn 2015, the album was pushed back to Summer 2017. “We write everything, we play everything, and we help produce everything. These things take time, and we refuse to put out anything we’re not 100 percent in love with,” they told Entertainment Weekly last year.
Now speaking to Q, the sisters promise “classic songwriting, but also modern, exciting and fearless” from their new LP. Song titles include ‘Nothing’s Wrong’ and ‘Give Me Just A Little Of Your Love’.
The group spoke about the influence of Prince, who passed away in 2016. “Prince’s passing was really hard, he was integral to me,” said bassist Este Haim. “So I found this cathartic rabbit-hole back to all his magical records.”
Explaining their perfectionism and why the album is taking time to finish, Este said: “We write and produce everything ourselves, we don’t have writers sending songs via email.”
Additional contributors to the record include former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij and producer Ariel Rechtshaid — the latter was involved in ‘Days Are Gone’.
Haim also dropped a big hint about future festival plans, putting out a call and response to Emily Eavis by saying: “We can’t wait to get back to the UK! Glaston-buuuur-aaay! We just wanna play!” They added: “We’re so ready to go. Everywhere. And once it starts? It’s not gonna stop! Ever.”
The band debuted several tracks from the record earlier in 2016, before cancelling a batch of tour dates to focus on the album.
I found out about Haim thanks to Pandora. I'll give any rock band with a female lead singer a chance. Everybody knows I'm a huge Florence guy. I loved what I've heard of Metric. I just dig female voices with my alt rock. So when I first saw Haim come up, I gave it a chance and boy am I glad I did. I remember sitting in my room in my rental house from my (first) senior year of college when I heard "Forever" on Hipster BBQ Pandora. I was hooked from the start. Between the bassline, and Danielle Haim's voice I was all in.
I did my research as I normally do after finding a new act I like (wikipedia and youtube) and just kept listening and learning. I was really into Haim for the rest of that year. Their debut album Days Are Gone was one of the best pop rock albums I've ever heard. You can listen without skipping a track. Whats awesome about them is despite the serious content of some music, (mainly heartbreak) they still have a lot of fun performing live. Most notably bassist Este Haim who gained notoriety for the faces she makes when playing the bass. Especially from their performance on SNL in late 2013. I fucking love her. So talented and imo pretty hot, you just throw the bass in her hands and it's perfect.
Well after over three years of waiting, guess what we still have to wait! But at least there's finally some legit news about HAIM's follow up to 2013's Days Are Gone. After their sophomore effort got pushed back nearly two years, according to an interview their main reason why it's taken so long is something you hear very often in music: They're perfectionist.
They're perfectionist who also work on everything they perform nearly by themselves. No ghost writers, they write all their own music. You can tell by the raw emotion in a lot of their songs and performances. Many that are about relationships they've dealt with. In a previous interview they said it took them 7 years to finish their debut album so these ladies have no issues taken their time to get what they truly want.
For fans it's definitely bittersweet because you want artists you like to make as much music as they can, but at the same time you want it to be good and have substance. Not just be thrown together quickly to make a record just for the sake of making a record. I'd rather wait an extra year for an awesome album than just get some shit record just because the band felt rushed.
If you haven't heard Haim yet and consider yourself a fan of alt scene definitely check them out. I cannot wait for their second album and will do all I can to see them live next time they're around.
Here is some of their work so far.