I was pretty excited for Haim the first time around, but something went off along the way. I said as much when I reviewed Days Are Gone: it feels like I heard it all, and the excitement has gone. (I prefer to think it’s not because the sisters got astronomically big.) It’s been four years since, enough time for me to perhaps find love again. Something To Tell You has hints of promise: expectations are reset, we know more about the band’s inclinations, and “Want You Back” actually creeps its way through. But I’m afraid I still feel nothing for the album. I mean, the songs are all right, and “Little Of Your Love” is jumpy enough without being overly familiar. The punch, however, is gone. Something To Tell You feels quite complacent, happy with how almost the whole album is drenched in its ethereal, vaguely 90s sound. The production decisions are actually distracting, at least to me. Halfway through the album I was thinking about where it all went wrong between me and the band. But that’s me unnecessarily putting myself into this album review. Should I even bother recovering what was lost? As “Night So Long” dribbles away, the answer, clearly, is no. [NB] | 3/5
“Edge” by Haim | Long-time readers of this blog would know that I considered Haim a favorite around the time they released Days Are Gone in 2013. And then I got tired of them. I don’t know. Maybe I plunged myself into their stuff too quickly, or maybe they just weren’t up to what I expected. (I lean toward the latter.) I lost interest enough to not find out about “Edge”, a bonus track co-written with Twin Shadow, until a couple of years after the album’s release. And why am I writing about this song today? Expediency. My laptop has failed again – and worse, it seems. And worst of all, my alternate PC is not playing nice, either. Let’s say I write this at the end of Tuesday, after an exhausting day of having no control and being on the verge of suicide. [NB]
If we’re disappointed with the acts coming to the Philippines, then why don’t we make our own music festival? It doesn’t have to really happen – it can all be in our heads. And thus, the earthings! Fantasy Festival was born. Today, Niko Batallones writes about the five acts he wants to see live, and an unexpected theme that ties them all in: dancing.
Well, that time of the year again, so let’s do what everybody else does and make a yearend list of the best of the year, shall we? But then again, we’re not really a legitimate music blog, so we’re just going small-term by talking about us, us, us. Like last year, this is by no means a representative list of the best music of the past year: these are all, really, my favorite tracks. But it has been an interesting year in music. The girls came out; the dance floor got quiet and merged with hip-hop; and guitar music is, well, still not quite back… but not all that gets a mention. Again, sorted in alphabetical order, my favorites: ten songs that you should soak in while we take a two-week break. We’ll be back on 6 January, unless, of course, surprise gigs get in the way, much like last year. [NB]
Haim is perhaps one of the buzziest bands of the past twelve months: from the release of their first single “Forever” to being put on top of the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list, it seemed the three sisters (and one drummer guy) from Los Angeles have nowhere to go but up. But with the release of their debut album, Days Are Gone, it’s clear that time wasn’t always on their side. Maybe it’s because of how the bloggers (me included) latched on to anything the band released these past few months. More likely it’s their decision to have half of the album comprise of tracks previously released on their EPs. There should be something exciting about the group’s often ethereal mix of jumpy alt-folk and 90s hip-hop, but in the eleven months since “Forever” it feels like you’ve heard it all. That said, among the new tracks, “My Song 5” packs a surprising punch, while “If I Could Change Your Mind” plays with the Haim template in an unexpected way. I just wish that, after all the hype these past few months, I was a bit more excited about this. [NB] | 3/5