Following a series of LA based studio sessions with producers Ariel Rechtsaid (Major Lazer, Vampire Weekend, Usher) and James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine, Simian Mobile Disco), San Fernando Valley sisters HAIM have emphatically taken all the strengths of their live shows and transformed their songs into nuggets of golden pop.
Beginning the year as the BBC Sound of 2013 winners, off the back of two limited edition EPs and a handful of sold-out UK live dates, HAIM holed themselves up in the studio and spent the next few months perfecting a record that is arguably one of the most hotly anticipated in years. It's a record that the band refused to let go of until they were 100% confident with it, and is all the stronger for their patience.
'Days Are Gone' is a record that wrestles with that early live potential and fully realises it, showcasing the breadth of their collective and individual talents. Having performed live together on stages from a very early age, it's that innate understanding of each other's musicianship that acts as both the strength and catalyst behind everything the band do.
Plenty has already been made of the band's R&B influences, but it's a shimmering guitar-fuelled, West Coast pop that surfaces across the 11 tracks on the LP. Sharing all the songwriting between themselves, 'Days Are Gone' is a record that features songs that stretches right back to when the band first formed (Forever, The Wire, Let Me Go), and songs written in the latter stages of 2012.
Opening on their 2013 Spring EP release 'Falling', it's smartly followed by the song that introduced them back in March 2012, 'Forever'. 'The Wire', a huge live favourite and forthcoming single, receives a slick production but loses none of the energy and passion that makes it so enticing on stage.
The sultry 'If I Could Change Your Mind' is the first of four brand new songs that HAIM are yet to have aired live, 'Days Are Gone', 'My Song 5', and 'Running If You Call My Name'. Another regular live track, 'Honey & I' is one of the many standout tracks on a record that is more than simply the sum of its parts.
Seductive and smart, HAIM have spent the past 18 months relentlessly touring the globe, building on all the early praise and winning over legions of new fans wherever they play. An undeniable favourite at the Glastonbury Festival (as no strangers to the big stage, following stadium and arena shows with Mumford & Sons and Florence & The Machine), the band return to the UK later this Summer, with a European winter tour to be announced imminently.
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name
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