It’s been a while – too long, you might say – since we last heard anything new from Haim. And while their reworking of Tame Impala’s third album highlight ‘‘Cause I’m A Man’ isn’t quite the brand new track we’ve been gagging for, it’s one impressive stopgap. Stripping the song of Kevin Parker’s vocals and slowing it down to make-out session slow-jam speed, Danielle Haim’s vocals ooze through the sensual psych wubbing like fresh California honey.
A former session player for Julian Casablancas, Danielle is no stranger to collaboration. She’s also teamed up with The Killers – drumming live with them live at a warm-up for last year’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco – and singing with Kudi Cudi, Stevie Nicks and Calvin Harris with her sisters Alana and Este. It’s because of this fondness for mucking in with other artists that she sounds quite so at ease when singing someone else’s song. She doesn’t mess with the lyrics either, crooning “‘Cause I’m a man, woman/Not often proud of what I choose” with all the conviction of a dude who’s just done something despicable to his girlfriend.
Airy backing vocals from her sisters and wonky electronic production make it seem not such a cover, but like a lost cut from their 2013 debut ‘Days Are Gone’, the follow-up to which they’re currently working on. Now all we need is for them to finish it, so we can have more bristling belters like this. Don’t hang about, ladies.