Today, HAIM have shared their new single, “Summer Girl,” co-produced by Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid (Columbia Records). The new single was featured as Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record” today on BBC Radio 1. In tandem with the new song, HAIM have also released a video for “Summer Girl.” HAIM reunited with longtime collaborator and friend Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot and direct the new visual. Listen to the song HERE and watch the video below.
“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 “breezy” by Consequence of Sound and “a groovy summer hit” by Paste. Later that week, HAIM 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).
“Summer Girl” is the first new HAIM music the band have shared since the release of their sophomore album, Something To Tell You, in July 2017. Something To Tell Youdebuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 following release and was critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Associated Press, The FADER, NPR, and more. The band’s sophomore album was declared “a gleaming triumph of artisanal pop music” by Stereogum, Pitchfork called the album “slyly complex” and Entertainment Weekly praised, “HAIM deliver 11 songs of expert songwriting and fine-tuned studio trickery that sharpen their jukebox classicism.”