Many sad indie hearts were broken when Rilo Kiley called it quits. They were, of course, widely believed to be the second coming of Fleetwood Mac. While that’s still up to debate, what is not is the fact that they’re not around to prove the naysayers wrong. But all hope for another coming is not lost as Los Angeles based trio Haim dropped a bomb of an EP, much to the delight of music bloggers everywhere. They don’t have the interpersonal drama, but they do have something that sounds like Stevie Nicks collaborated with Dallas Austin.
It’s a storyline that many will eventually know. The Haim sisters (Danielle, Alana and Este) grew up playing in a classic rock covers band with their parents, developing deep roots in Americana. Four years ago, under the influence of 90s R&B and hip hop, began experimenting with their own original songwriting and Haim was born. They may not be the Mac revival you were imagining, but then again few people could have seen this fusion of sound coming along.
Despite their background, at the young ages of 19-22 it’s impressive to hear their richly textured instrumentals and mature songwriting. They released the Forever EP earlier this year (free download on their website) as what is likely a foreshadowing of great things to come. Time will tell, but for now we’ll have to be satisfied with three great songs on repeat for at least the next couple of weeks.