By Nicola Roy (@circaslaves)
The only thing more difficult than trying to pronounce Haim was the four-year gap in their catalogue we had to endure after they dropped Days Are Gone in 2013: a nostalgic and summery debut that set the bar for their next endeavor extremely high; perhaps a little too high.
Want You Back is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Something To Tell You, available July 7th. At first listen, it’s everything you would expect from the Haim sisters- a groovy bass line, fast-paced and high-pitched harmonies and a swelling chorus rife with backing vocals. So much so that this could easily be another single from their debut; after waiting for so long, it’s a little underwhelming that their sound, albeit a unique one, hasn’t developed that much since 2013. It is clear that they are taking on a more 90’s, stripped-back sound than in their previous record- the three-chord melody and skittering hi-hat are features that, although they cropped up a lot in Days Are Gone, have been moulded to create an understated yet slightly boring track.
Having said that, the song itself is catchy and cleverly written, with Danielle singing about an attempt to win back an ex after a break-up. ‘I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you‘, she pleads over a hand-clapping beat. It’s a ballad, for sure, but with a fresh and radio-friendly makeover that makes it easy and fun to appreciate, and also incredibly difficult to get out of your head.
It’s the comeback we have all been waiting for, yet it leaves the listener feeling like they’ve just missed the mark of what could have potentially been a very successful summer staple. But again, this is only the first single; Haim could be about to reclaim their dusty space at the table and fill our summer with a handful of great tunes that we know they are more than capable of.