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Haim - 'Forever' EP
A wonderfully warm tribute to the pure power of percussion and harmony
There’s Friends, the Brooklyn quintet who combine sexual innuendo and funk to create highly suggestive bonk pop. And now Haim, featuring three Californian sisters and their drumming buddy, Dash Hutton. Haim’s ‘Forever EP’ (now available on CD and vinyl) opens with the sisters harmonising “I never wanna see you again/With the beating of my heart witness/I say no no no, I’m done I’m done” on ‘Better Off’, before a snare-rim/bass-drum beat comes in. ‘Forever’ too begins with drums, then bursts into something altogether more expansive. They have this Lindsey Buckingham-era Fleetwood-Mac thing going on, which gives their songs a pleasing sheen.
There’s nothing fuzzy here at all. Third track ‘Go Slow’ starts, again, with drums and focuses on the sisters’ spectacular vocals, which is as silk-smooth as any of R&B’s purest moments. Haim have spoken about a love of TLC, En Vogue, Brandy and Monica, and ‘Go Slow’ sounds as much like having warm caramel poured into your ears as any of that lot. They’re Destiny’s Child with snare rims, cowbell, Ray-Bans and ripped denim shorts. And there’s something kinda cool about that.
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