- Publish Date
- Thursday, 1 August 2019, 10:12AM
Perfectly timed for the Kiwi cold-snap, HAIM have shared their new single, “Summer Girl”, a Lou Reed inspired song co-produced by Ariel Reichstaid and Rostam Batmanglij. The single was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World last night on BBC Radio 1. In tandem with the new song, the Los Angeles sisters have also released a video for “Summer Girl”, reuniting with longtime collaborator and friend Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot and direct the new visual.
“I started the song when I found out my partner had cancer. I was on tour and felt like I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically. Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine - his summer when he was feeling dark. His hope when he was feeling hopeless,” shares Danielle Haim.
HAIM first debuted “Summer Girl” in July to an intimate sold-out crowd during a special one-night-only show at Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom. Following the song’s debut, footage of the performance quickly spread online and on social media and was heralded as “one of their most laid back efforts to date [which] sees them heading in a new direction” by NME and “Lou Reed-inspired … accented with a breezy steadfast beat and plenty of Washington Square Park-ready saxophone flourishes” by The FADER. Later that week, the trio headlined Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 in Chicago, where they performed the new song again and “put on a virtuoso performance, affirming their status as great songwriters, instrumentalists, and entertainers” (Stereogum).