Tuesday, July 30, 2013



I'm on holiday in Hay-On-Wye this week - but I couldn't let the release of Haim's new single pass unmentioned. 

The Wire [insert Stringer Bell reference here] is instantly recognisable as a Haim sisters' track, from Danielle's syncopated vocals to the Alana's honking stabs at the keyboard. Add in a glam rock stomp and a tasty guitar lick, and you've got a winner. 

Last week, I heard a bunch of music industry dimwits sneering "huh, haven't Haim finished their album yet?" - but surely it's better to get the all-important debut right? It's only 12 months since their first single and, taking The Wire into account, they haven't put a musical foot wrong since. Yes, it might have been better to get something out there before Gaga and Arcade Fire and Katy Perry. But then we'd have been robbed of Este's Glastonbury bassface. 

The Wire is out on 23rd September. An album presumably follows in the run-up to Crimbo. Hallelujah. 

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