Trio of sisters Haim dropped their second full length record back in 2017 with the great Something To Tell You. And although a new album isn’t likely on the horizon just yet, they’re back with a brand new single called “Summer Girl.” The track was first previewed last month at a Los Angeles show. But now it’s been given a fully fleshed out treatment complete with a tightly shot video from director Paul Thomas Anderson.
“Summer Girl” isn’t necessarily a traditionally poppy summer tune, which the band have already excelled at time and time again. Instead, it traffics in a much more low key area, with a spacious smoothness. The primary instruments here consist largely of bass and saxophone, which give the song both a cooly sentimental sound and overall relaxed atmosphere. Production comes courtesy of ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, who has proven himself once again at how adept he is at producing.
Danielle Haim took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the origins of “Summer Girl,” writing:
“This song started out as a garage band demo in my phone with just a bass line, drums, some gibberish and a doot doot doot little melody. I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago while we were making STTY. (he’s in the clear now!)”
That partner is none other than Ariel Rechtshaid, who produced much of Vampire Weekend’s most recent album Father Of The Bride. And who else shows up on that LP? Well, Danielle Haim of course. So, it’s all sort of connected.
But, that’s besides the point. The point is that “Summer Girl” is sort of of the start of Haim getting back together to write and record some new music. At this moment, they may not have concrete plans in terms releasing their third LP. But if this track is any indication of where they might be going, sign us up.
Check out “Summer Girl” below.
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