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The excitement that’s bubbled behind sisters HAIM so far has been monumental. Standing like a proud tower of independent women in the music industry they find themselves automatically leading the ‘girl-power’ resurgence. Debut album ‘Days Are Gone’ can only ramp up that unhindered profile as it flows onto English shores like a cool LA breeze…

‘Falling’ acts as the ideal introduction, the building guitars channel a real sense of strength and solidarity, pretty much saying ‘we’ve arrived and we’re here to stay’. Of course following swiftly is the irrefutable drum sound that kicks off ‘Forever’, a song which echo’s the distant sound of Kate Bush – and also provides many a chance to slot in a good ‘bass-face’.

The curve ball comes next, with Haim drawing on their 80’s pop influences of Michael Jackson and unexpectedly Queen for their next single ‘The Wire’. The breakdown hears the girls lustfully sing ‘I know, I know, I know’ and this just screams of the long forgotten 90’s girl-band era. After all, it’s down to these distinct vocals that the sisters shared the Pyramid Stage with Primal Scream earlier in the year.

The album continues to dabble in different styles and eras, ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ is the first real dip in tempo, giving the album a bit of substance and proving that not everything has to have a killer melody to work well. However, nearing the end of the record during ‘Don’t Save Me’ and ‘Go Slow’ the Haim formula begins to get slightly tiring. Basically using the same ingredients as the earlier greatness but to a lesser effect, the tracks feel like space fillers and although this could be due to the definite hooks of what’s come before, they don’t quite cut the mustard.

Despite this blip, ‘Days Are Gone’ tears out the good bits from the world of pop and assembles them in a unique way. It’s quite clear that when the album hits the shelves on September 30th that it will be received to rapturous reviews and they’ll deservedly be at the forefront of the music scene.

21/09 – The Roundhouse – London (iTunes Festival)
01/10 – Rough Trade East – London
04/12 – UEA – Norwich
05/12 – HMV Institute – Birmingham (Sold Out)
06/12 – Metropolitan University – Leeds (Sold Out)
08/12 – The Ritz – Manchester (Sold Out)
09/12 – HMV The Forum – London (Sold Out)
12/12 – The ABC – Glasgow (Sold Out)
13/12 – The Academy – Dublin (Sold Out)
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