It’s rare that a band can take you back in time. The melody, the rhythm and the ageless lyrics all intertwine and remind you of a different era, perhaps an era that you weren’t even alive to experience. This is exactly what indie pop band HAIM (pronounced to rhyme with “time”) accomplishes with their songs. If you’ve never heard of them, don’t be discouraged; not many have. Their first single, “Forever,” was released last year and racked up an impressive four million hits on YouTube.
The band consists of the three Haim sisters, Este, Danielle and Alana, whose music has been compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. With the help of their music-loving parents, they briefly formed a band under the name of Rockinhaim. But once the trio had pursued their educational aspirations, they created the band HAIM so they could take their careers seriously.
With the formulation of their new band, it didn’t take long at all for HAIM to become globally recognized. Their three-song EP “Forever” received a great amount of attention in addition to their follow-up performances for popular musicians such as Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. Jay-Z signed the band to his ROC NATION management group, which is an impressive feat for relatively unknowns. It was clear that HAIM would soon become a critically acclaimed band with beautiful melodies to support all of the attention they had been receiving.
On Sept. 30, 2013, HAIM released their first album, Days Are Gone. It reached #1 on UK Charts, #2 in Australia and #4 in Ireland. It was generally well received and praised for its 70s/80s soft-rock feel and mesmerizing lyrics. Did I mention the fact that the girls are just as breathtaking performing live as they are on their album?
Not everyone is going to appreciation the tunes that HAIM releases, as several critics have already made clear. But many do appreciate them and are even relieved by HAIM’s sound and how it manages to bring back the sound of music that some of us thought that we had lost decades ago. HAIM topped the UK charts with their new album Days Are Gone, successfully surpassing Justin Timberlake with part 2 of his The 20/20 Experience albums. The Haim sisters are still young, which means that there will definitely be more music to look forward to from them in the near future.