It’s been a long four years since their last album and two years since we’ve heard a new single, but now Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim are ready to share their second coming with the world.
Speaking with Zane Lowe on Thursday, they gave a date for their sophomore album release, Something to Tell You, and shared the video for their new single, ‘Right Now’.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the behind-the-scenes style shoot shows the trio in the studio singing a live version of the single with microphones and drum sounds echoing off the walls.
The slow downed, stripped back, single has all of the same earnest lyrics we caught in their Grammy-nominated debut, Days are Gone, but with less urgency.
They shared the video on Facebook, saying “This is where we start… live in the studio. There’s more to come, but this is it for right now.”
Last summer, mid-festival headlining, the trio told fans via Instagram they’d been in the studio “so long, perfecting and trying to get it right,” but up until recently, there weren’t many warnings of how and when the new album was going to drop. The process seemed, arduous, with them even having to cancel the European leg of their summer tour, apologising directly to fans via a handwritten note that explained they needed more time to work on the album.
The foreshadowing of a more rock, less pop sound was one of the only hints at the next record fans had – that is, until cryptic billboards showing the trio with “HAIM” scribed in bold sans serif case popped up in London, Berlin, Sydney, and on a highway between Coachella and the band’s hometown of Los Angeles.
Then, there were the quick social media clips the band shared, including a video titled ‘One’, where Danielle sits focused, headphones on, playing steadily behind her drum kit for a minute before the teaser ends with the date of their record release announcement.
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— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) April 20, 2017
The trio is set to take the Saturday Night Live stage as musical guest on May 13th and Something to Tell You is set for release on 7 July – just in time to dominate your summer playlist.
Words by Erica Hawkins