Having conquered power-pop precision with their critically acclaimed 2017 album Something To Tell You, Los Angeles trio HAIM have chosen to lend their hand to more melancholic, wavy pop with their new single, Summer Girl.
Taking a big chunk of influence from Lou Reed’s classic Walk On The Wild Side – with Reed also receiving a writing nod for the “doot doot” vocals – the single leans into the realm of jazz with it’s hazy, cigarettes-at-sunset swoon and balmy saxophone melodies.
Though it could be a perfect soundtrack to late summer evenings, the song’s beginnings are marked by the band’s producer, Ariel Rechtshaid, being diagnosed with testicular cancer (he has since recovered).
Danielle Haim noted in an Instagram post that her intention when writing Summer Girl was to keep Rechtshaid in a positive mood. “I was on tour and felt like I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically,” the multi-instrumentalist wrote in a statement. “Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine — his summer when he was feeling dark.”
Produced by former Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam and Rechtshaid himself, the single paints a difficult time in a more positive and clear mindset. Something we can all heed in the current climate.