Haim: the sound of 2013

If you haven’t already heard of Haim then now is the time to listen up. These three gorgeous girls, originally from LA, are hotly tipped to be one of the greatest new bands of 2013. NME magazine even gave them the honour of the mag’s front cover last week, along with British band Palma Violets (another band to look out for this year) for their ‘Meet the Stars of 2013’ issue.

If having one of the most respected music magazines on their side wasn’t proof enough that Haim are going to be the next big thing then the BBC just recently announced them as the winners of the ‘Sound of 2013’ award. With previous winners including Adele and Michael Kiwanuka the band are definitely in good company to make it big.

The band is made up of three sisters, the front ‘man’ as it were is Este Haim with Alana and Danielle providing her with an eccentric back up. They are being described as a ‘nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B’ pop group and first started out in an even larger family unit, they formed a band with their parents named Rockinhaim and count them as their biggest influences, nothing about this new girl group is ordinary.

The band have always loved their music, Este graduated from UCLA in 2010, Danielle started touring with artists such as indie rocker Jenny Lewis and Alana spent just one year at college before dropping out to join the girls and pursue their talent. Since signing up to Polydor records they have released two singles, “Don’t Save me” and “Forever” and later this year they will be releasing their debut album.

Within the first moment of listening to “Don’t Save Me” you pick up a Fleetwood Mac vibe from the group and (more recently) a band also from America, Friends. They are also not short of fans opening for Florence and the Machine on their UK tour in December 2012 and touring with folksters Mumford & Sons. Their music is enthusiastic and different, the sound holds a twang of nostalgia and holds no threats, it is quite simply just good music.

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