Days Are Gone is guaranteed to propel HAIM to indie rock stardom
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 22:10
HAIM’s debut studio album “Days Are Gone” contains all of the professionalism, quality and emotion necessary for an all girl, indie rock trio to reach unquestionable music stardom. Upon the album’s release on Sept. 27, the band has had great recognition on social media and online as well as more media organizations such as MTV and NPR. From tumblr to television, HAIM has transcended popular culture with their alternative yet polished style.
One of the albums most popular songs “The Wire” contains themes that are both lighthearted and highly relatable. As with many hit songs, the lyrics pertain to excitement and then disappointment over relationships turned sour. “You know there is no rhyme or reason to the way you turned out to be.”
However, the enduring quality of the lyrics is not necessarily the words themselves, but the way in which they are sung. The three sisters harmonize and synthesize their voices to create arrangements that use a wide variety of pitches and tones. The sound that HAIM produces is not distinctly feminine, as one would expect from the topics of their songs, but instead incredibly soulful.
Larry Fitzmaurice from Pitchfork.com agrees with the quality of HAIM. “The lyrics on “Days Are Gone” aren’t necessarily built to withstand close analysis; largely, the words function to add a bit of weight to the effortless, feather-light melodies, but HAIM do know how to turn a phrase.”
Ultimately, the trio’s power is in their chemistry as a group, not their femininity or the themes of their songs.