Issue 6

Women in Music Pt.III – HAIM

Image by Universal Music Operations Limited/Haim Productions Inc.

HAIM’s third studio album, released in June 2020, features songs that fit right in the band’s wheelhouse of indie pop and soft rock sounds. This time around they have added jazz and folk tinges and it all makes for a great album. The trio, consisting of three sisters, based this record off of personal experiences: the death of Alana’s friend, Este’s struggles with diabetes and Danielle’s partner’s cancer diagnosis. 

The album’s lead single, Summer Girl, is one of the highlights of the album. Its pensive saxophone performance by Henry Solomon is a clear standout. In Hallelujah, Haim’s trademark harmonies come together for a stirring moment, perfectly echoing the song’s sentiments about reflecting on one’s blessings in sisterhood and friendships. In Man from a Magazine, the sisters take a folk, Joni Mitchell-esque turn as they sing about their experiences in the male-dominated music industry. 

The album has been nominated for Album of the Year for the 2021 Grammy Awards. If the band wins, it would be their first win and a well-deserved one.