Track Review: Haim “The Wire”


While we’re still chomping at the bit for their debut album, Haim continues to whet our collective appetite with their new single “The Wire.” The trio, consisting of sisters Este, Alana, and Danielle (Haim, of course,) have bowled music critics and enthusiasts over with their strikingly modern and relevant fusion of rock, folk, and soul. Not to mention, their tracks have an undeniably authentic California flair that harks back to the US West Coasts’ hey day in the 60s and 70s. Somehow, someway, you can simultaneously compare these ladies and their songs to Buckingham-Nicks era Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders,  Madonna, En Vogue, Huey Lewis, and Lionel Richie, and have it make sense! Not to mention… you’d actually mean it as a compliment. Their music is wildly refreshing, yet it calls upon familiar sounds and musically-defined emotions that make us feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy inside. Their first long play is still yet to be released, but there’s honestly nothing bad anyone can really say about Haim up to this point.

So here we have “The Wire,” presumably the lead single to their upcoming album. The song is epic and captivating from the get-go, almost in the sense that you expect to hear Pat Benatar or Joan Jett to pierce through the booming drums and screeching guitar that kick off the track. The song moves like your standard A-B structured pop tune, but it has distinct sections. There’s an identifiable Queen “swag” to it, equipped with memorable melodies and to-the-point guitar shredding, but by the time it reaches the blind-siding orchestral climax, it’s clear that this track may call upon familiar references, but it is a completely different animal. “The Wire” never overcomplicates itself; they smartly play on their strong suits. In this case, it’s about the brilliant hooks and legit musicality. The way the pulsing bass moves the melody along is honestly mind blowing, but it’s all done so effortlessly, almost as if they walk out to perform it and yawn “oh this old thing?” while our jaws are on the ground. It’s really an injustice that we’re forced to compare them to artists of yesteryear, because Haim are making a statement for the next generation of music that matters. It just so happens that they’ve concocted the perfect sound to please everyone. “The Wire” could easily be just the tip of the iceberg, but what a damn great tip it is.


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