Following the March release of HAIM’s Hyperion collaboration with Gesaffelstein, “So Bad,” the popular rock group are debuting their first new single since the promotional campaign and rollout for 2017’s Something To Tell You LP. Officially brought to life via its Paul Thomas Anderson-directed visual companion, HAIM’s smooth “Summer Girl” record first surfaced at a June performance, and finds the band experimenting with jazzier influences.
“Tis song started out as a garage band demo in my phone with just a bass line, drums, some gibberish and a doot doot doot little melody,” Danielle Haim explains via HAIM’s Twitter account, revealing the back-story behind “Summer Girl.” “I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago while we were making STTY. (he’s in the clear now!)
“We were touring on and off at this time and every time we were on the phone with each other or when I would come home in between shows, I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark,” the series of tweets continues. “I wanted to be his hope when he was feeling hopeless … so I kept singing these lines – I’m your sunny girl/ I’m your fuzzy girl/ I’m your summer girl – over the bass line. summer girl stuck.
“Fast forward to a couple months ago -I remembered this demo and pulled it up from my phone. I brought it to my friend rostam to see if he wanted to work on it. he wrote the sax part within the first couple minutes of working on it and it all clicked,” Danielle Haim adds. “We were kinda joking about how the doot doot doot part reminded us of walk on the wild side and then he put this stand up bass part on top of the electric bass part and It sounded amazing! the palette was there- v inspired by Lou. and we kept it that way.”
“I brought it back to my partner Ariel – where the inspo first started – and he put some finishing touches on it and here we are! hope u guys vibe with it.”
You can take a look at the new music video for HAIM’s latest single, “Summer Girl,” above.