There’s been little to no news of Haim’s follow-up to 2013’s Days are Gone since early last year, when they revealed they were ready to share new music. The band of sisters dropped two new singles ahead of their 2016 European Tour, “Nothing’s Wrong” and “Give Me Just A Little of Your Love“. But soon after, they cancelled their remaining European tour dates in order to focus on recording the new album.
Now, the official return of Haim appears imminent, as a series of billboards have appeared around the world—in London, Berlin, L.A, and Sydney. In a since deleted tweet, their UK label Polydor wrote: “NEW HAIM COMING“. The billboards of the Haim sisters come just ahead of the summer music festival season, where the band is slated to perform at Glastonbury, in addition to headlining the Radio One stage at the Reading and Leeds Festival.
Speculation now surrounds the mysterious billboards. Does this mean a new album and tour? Or, at least, a new single from their highly anticipated sophomore album? Originally scheduled for an August 2015 release, Haim’s new album has been pushed back for sometime this Summer. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the band said: “We write everything, we play everything, and we help produce everything. These things take time, and we refuse to put out anything we’re not 100 percent in love with”. More recently, the band has promised a “classic songwriting, but also modern, exciting and fearless” album.
We trust in Haim’s process and are thankful they’ve maintained artistic integrity while completing this album. In an attempt to explain their perfectionism, Este Haim said: “We write and produce everything ourselves, we don’t have writers sending songs via email.” Este Haim also gave us a slight indication of what influences went into the record. “Prince’s passing was really hard, he was integral to me,” said bassist Este Haim. “So I found this cathartic rabbit-hole back to all his magical records.”
Besides collaboration with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij and Days Are Gone producer Ariel Rechtshaid, little else is known about Haim’s forthcoming LP. But now that these billboards have appeared all over the world, we doubt we will have to wait much longer for the return of Haim, their new album, and a tour to follow. Check back for more updates, and in the mean time, revisit Haim’s incredible interpretation of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”, Live at T in the Park, below: