In a time where the debut album for indie musicians can truly make or break an act, much less an all-female sister group, Haim rises to the occasion against the odds. The band’s first full-length studio album Days Are Gone is a vivacious electronic-infused assault from the San Fernando Valley Native sisters. The result from Haim is a spunky and wholesome indie-pop record with all agreeability included.
Hugely and not quizzically reminiscent of chart-topping 80’s numbers, many of the songs on Days Are Gone seem akin to Kim Karnes, Kate Bush and perhaps even a nod to Wilson Phillips. The sisters channel their female predecessors triumphantly and with great ease. That being said, one of the strongest suits of Haim is their effortlessness to convey both competency and the intended level of vibrancy. Este, Danielle and Alana present the utmost confidence through their work as only true Southern Californians can.
The music is a fun amalgam of country-infused jams as well as tracks destined to be included on the Urban Outfitters playlist. Not all over the map, yet not quite sampling from the same bolt of cloth, enough variation exists for a genuinely good time. The title track is no doubt destined for continuous sampling and remixes, yet that fact should not be viewed with a negative connotation attached to it. Days Are Gone lies within a substantial pool of songs with integral worth, without an outstanding dud in the bunch.
Haim’s Days Are Gone is a fun triumph worth celebration. It’s not often a debut album makes listeners truly root for the act as much as Haim does, but the ferocity of their charm does the trick. A very promising endeavor from the Valley sisters should prove for interesting future catalogue entries.
Born and raised on classic rock and oldies, Jake Tully consumed music voraciously growing up in Central California. He has his wonderful grandparents to thank for his love of music, as well as the amazing luck to have seen hundreds of concerts in his lifetime. He considers himself an eclectic consumer of all media, and further reading can be found at his blog.