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After huge anticipation, Los Angeles trio HAIM have released their new album, Women In Music Pt. III. The band’s third full-length release has been met with instant widespread critical acclaim, claiming the coveted Best New Music title by tastemakers Pitchfork and bagging a plethora of five star reviews. The record brims with their most creative songs yet, from the understated power of Man From The Magazine and FUBT to the deep melancholia of I’ve Been Down and the sheer pop brilliance of Now I’m In It and The Steps.
The trio’s last UK jaunt saw them headline two vibrant and energetic nights at London’s Alexandra Palace as part of a full tour. Here are five tracks from the record that are destined to add even more punch to their live performances when they return.
Released back in October 2019 and billed as one of three bonus tracks that round out Women In Music Pt. III, the absolutely huge Now I’m In It steadily builds to a euphoric pop crescendo that situates it perfectly to push the HAIM live show to epic proportions. Characteristic of the album’s pairing of introspective lyrics and massive melodies, the track not only resonates with its emotionally complex tale, but offers genuine, upbeat catharsis.
The second track on Women In Music Pt. III, the gritty The Steps places HAIM behind a brilliant wall of distortion, met by an empowering melody that balances the visceral frustration with a punchy dose of personal confidence. “You don’t understand me baby,” they bite, with a tone set to be returned by the masses when the track makes its way to the live stage.
Much like The Steps, Up From A Dream switches the sun-kissed guitar tones that dominated much of the LA band’s earlier material, instead pulling things into grittier territory. Together they present themselves as the heaviest HAIM have ever sounded, complete with this track’s frantic chorus and dizzying guitars. There’s some serious depth on display here, one that’s set to add a darker moment to HAIM’s live show.
Within the opening seconds of the sultry 3am it’s clear that HAIM have been busy broadening their influences. Taking a page from ’90s RnB, the track stamps the band’s trademark sound over a nostalgic vibe, complete with vocal samples and the era-defining fadeout. This one’s ready to inject a soulful moment in any HAIM live show, and a brilliant one at that.
A love song in the only way HAIM know how, Don’t Wanna begs for the return of a partner in the process of slipping away. “We’ve both had nights waking up in strangers’ beds,” they admit under a wave of upbeat drums, driving guitars and rhythmic bass. Alongside the song’s broken heart, the melody invokes a certain strut set to mesmerise come their return to live.