Album Review: Haim – Don’t Save Me EP

By on Wednesday, 16th January 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Who said the Haim sisters’ summertime pop was confined to a season? Their warm (but oh-so-cool) debut track ‘Forever’ was the perfect accompaniment to the sun of July ’12; a mix of Vampire Weekend calypso pop and Stevie Nicks-esque vocals proved to be a winning mix as the single was a hit with the critics. So the release of their latest EP ‘Don’t Save Me’ is a toasty blanket on these cold, dark evenings.

Sibling bands are a tried and tested formula for success in the music world. Going back to The Jacksons, Smoosh and even Hanson. (Apologies for including the ‘MMMbop’ warblers, but Grammy nominations and millions of album sales is still quite a feat, even if they will forever be known for their two syllable hit.) Haim are no exclusion to the rule, producing tight percussive beats and beautiful harmonies that take time to develop. Luckily, they’ve known each other for a good few years.

That undeniably catchy sound they showcased in their first release has now been perfected. Fronted by ‘Don’t Save Me’ and backed by ‘Send Me Down’, their latest EP expands on their new wave roots and features the most handclaps I’ve heard on a song since The Fratellis came and went. (Remember them?)

The title track, definitely the strongest of the two, is rife with ’80s synth and more percussion than you can imagine. It was released alongside a video of the three women showing off their basketball skills against a group of men, this proving their independence; in the song the sisters repeatedly sing “don’t save me, no, don’t save me”. The second track is falsetto-laden and features my favourite use of the tuba in a pop song; an instrument that will forever remind me of Neighbours’ Harold Bishop (I like to imagine he is the featured musician on the track).

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Haim have somehow managed to improve upon the defining track of last summer. The sisters ooze a sort of laidback cool where they wouldn’t even care that I think they’re cool, they’d just shake it off, pull up their short shorts and ride away on their vintage bikes. Overall the ‘Don’t Save Me’ EP impresses and just proves Haim to be ones to watch this year. And it’s the perfect length too; the tracklist is just long enough to satisfy our Haim fix and keep us with baited breath as we await their debut album.

9/10

The ‘Don’t Save Me’ EP by BBC Sound of 2013 winners and sisters Haim is out now on Polydor.

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