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HAIM Return With New Single & Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video, ‘Summer Girl’

Written by Caitlin Medcalf on August 1, 2019

Our fave all-sister group HAIM have today returned with their new single, ‘Summer Girl’. It’s the first time we’ve heard new music from the LA group since releasing their second record, Something To Tell You back in 2017.

It’s a strikingly hazy, Lou Reed-inspired track, co-produced with Ariel Reichstaid and Rostam Batmanglij.

The track’s sunny demeanour can be attributed to something darker happening in singer Danielle Haim’s life. ‘Summer Girl’ is about characterising a sort of happiness she wanted to embody.

“I started the song when I found out my partner had cancer. I was on tour and felt like I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically. Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine – his summer when he was feeling dark. His hope when he was feeling hopeless,” she said.

They’ve also shared a new clip to accompany the track. The clip sees them reuniting with their longtime collaborator and friend Paul Thomas Anderson who shot and directed the clip.

Check it out below.

 

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summer girl is out tomo. so excited to start releasing new music as we’re working on it – kinda like we did before our first album. we finished this song a couple weeks ago and thought, why don’t we shoot something real quick and release it ! (more on the video tomorrow) this song started out as a garage band demo in my phone with just a bass line, drums, some gibberish and a doot doot doot little melody. I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago while we were making STTY. (he’s in the clear now!) we were touring on and off at this time and every time we were on the phone with each other or when I would come home in between shows, I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark. I wanted to be his hope when he was feeling hopeless. so I kept singing these lines – I’m your sunny girl/ I’m your fuzzy girl/ I’m your summer girl – over the bass line. summer girl stuck. fast forward to a couple months ago -I remembered this demo and pulled it up from my phone. I brought it to my friend rostam to see if he wanted to work on it. he wrote the sax part within the first couple minutes of working on it and it all clicked. we were kinda joking about how the doot doot doot part reminded us of walk on the wild side and then he put this stand up bass part on top of the electric bass part and It sounded amazing! the palette was there- v inspired by Lou. and we kept it that way. I brought it back to my partner Ariel- where the inspo first started – and he put some finishing touches on it and here we are ! hope u guys vibe with it – ur summer girl in italy d

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