It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but the Haim sisters are finally back! Last week, they dropped their latest single, “Summer Girl,” along with a music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
For a band known for its sunny, California-rock sound, “Summer Girl” is a complete 180. The song has a chill vibe, maintaining the same tempo until the end. The most memorable part of the song is the saxophone refrain that plays after every chorus. It gives the song an obvious jazz feel, a genre that the Haim sisters have never really explored before. It is easily compared to Lou Reed’s “Walk On the Wild Side,” with both songs sharing a laid-back bassline and lowkey vocals.
“Summer Girl” was written around the same time Ariel Rechtshaid, the band’s producer—and Danielle Haim’s romantic partner—was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He has since recovered, but this song captures the positivity the band was trying to send his way, even while they were still uncertain of the future.
“I was on tour and felt like I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically,” Danielle wrote in a statement about the track. “Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine—his summer when he was feeling dark.”
The lyrics remain vaguely upbeat until the bridge, when Danielle sings “The tears behind your dark sunglasses // The fears inside your heart as deep as gashes // You walk beside me, not behind me // Feel my unconditional love.” It’s the moment in the song when the listener realizes that maybe this song is about more than a jazzy sax hook and summertime on the West Coast.
The mellow groove of “Summer Girl” is matched by the equally relaxed music video, following the band as they walk the streets, stripping off coats and sweaters until they’re in the appropriate summer garb.
So far, there’s no official announcement of a forthcoming album, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed! Check out the music video below!
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