HAIM walk into summer in the retro “Summer Girl”
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Sister trio HAIM have unveiled “Summer Girl”, a summery yet vulnerable new single. The single is the first since their 2017 offering Something to Tell You.
“Summer Girl” is inspired by HAIM producer Ariel Rechtshaid’s cancer diagnosis back in 2017. On the track’s background, Danielle Haim has revealed the support she tried to give her partner. “Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine— his summer when he was feeling dark.” Accordingly, it was this tumultuous time, paired with the ray of sunshine that Danielle tried to provide for Ariel, which created the song’s sombre yet hopeful feel. Now in the clear, Ariel co-produced “Summer Girl” with ex-Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam.
Musically, the track takes inspiration from Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Wide”. This has allowed HAIM to take on a slightly different musical palette. Giving us a feel of California in the 60’s, Danielle Haim takes the lead in this jazzy and loose track. Rostam also contributed the smooth saxophone line. When paired with the funky bass, “Summer Girl” gains a groovy and retro feel.
The music video is a wonderful representation of leaving the cold and entering the cheerful warmth. First of all, we see the Haim sisters in their winter garments in the cold. Then, they start to gradually remove them to greet the incoming sunshine, where they bask in the rays of better times. If that’s not a lovely analogy for bad times making room for the good, then I don’t know what is. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, check out the music video for “Summer Girl” below.
Fancy some more HAIM? Then check out their cover of “I’ll Try Anything Once” by The Strokes – it’s wonderful!
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