As someone who adores Music of many styles I am always looking out for new music. I have gone back in time many times for some great artists and also find great new artists from time to time. One such new artist I came across recently was the American trio named Haim. They are sisters Este Haim (born 1986), Danielle Haim (born 1989) and Alana Haim (born 1991). The band also includes drummer Dash Hutton. The band hail from San Fernando Valley in California and have been getting a strong following through online promotion and relentless gigging in their native US and also in the UK and other countries around the world. The band have a sound which is diverse and distinctive. Their diverse influences range from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, all the way to 90s R&B courtesy of Destiny's Child & En Vogue. Listening to some of their material you can also hear a clear Michael Jackson influence on a couple of tracks.
Haim performed at home with their parents and then began to take music seriously and at one time were in a band with their parents, however they went on their own as a trio and added Dash as the drummer later. They are yet to release a full album but have released an EP and this is their single which was released in late 2012. They promoted the single off the back of being crowned The BBC Sound of 2013 which is a big deal for an new artists. One look at previous winners tells you all you need to know about the significance of the award. 50 Cent, Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Keane and more recently Jessie J and Ellie Goulding. All of these have gone on to have continued success in the Music Industry. All three sisters are vocally able and their musicianship is perhaps overlooked, A quick viewing on YouTube of their gigs will prove they're very capable as they shine on a cover of Fleetwood Mac's classic "Oh Well"
**Don't Save Me**
I don't usually do reviews of singles instead I go for albums but when I first heard their music seriously last week and I am already a big fan and I'm really looking forward to their debut album which should be released in June but in the meantime there are a couple of their songs here to review starting with the excellently catchy and very infectious "Don't Save Me" which has a fabulous pop chorus and the way their vocals blend together is seamless and really good to listen to. It has a catchy 90s pop feel with synths and catchy hooks but has an up to date sound which is performed really well.
"Send me down" is the second of the two tracks here and is another excellent track which has a dark synth opening which sounds like something out of transformers yet the melodic harmonious vocals add a different touch. This track really showcases the way the sisters vocals blend together and how well they have got it down. All three are very strong singers and their vocals are varied too which gives them more opportunities with their sound. This is another excellent pop track which has a lovely vocal harmony towards the end between the three sisters.
This may only be a single featuring just the two tracks but I believe it's a good example of what the band's strengths with the hint of a lot more to come. For me they are perhaps my favourite new act and I am already looking to see them this Summer at one of their own shows or at a Festival. They have the look but much more importantly they have the Musical proficiency and the vocals to back it up musically. They've got a strong reputation with radio and other artists and it's not hard to understand why when you listen to their music. Their enthusiasm is infectious and if you saw them on Later with Jools Holland recently like me and were intrigued but have not checked them out properly yet then please at least give them a go. I am so glad they performed. They are certainly a talented trio and I hope they go from strength to strength and continue to develop their craft and hone their distinctive sound. If they continue to do so they could be very good indeed.