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Haim

‘Influences: Mama and Papa Haim’. According to Alana, Danielle and Este Haim on Facebook. At their home in Los Angeles the sisters were raised on the best albums of the 70s. Comparisons with the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are hardly unfounded. But the sisters can't stress enough their love of contemporary sounds, the likes of Destiny’s Child, TLC and Kendrick Lamar. On ‘Days are gone’ (2013) they offer playful but heartfelt folk rock embellished with hip hop and R&B. The album counts among the best of the last decade. Silence falls when Ariel Rechtshaid, their producer and Danielle's partner, is diagnosed with cancer. The return single ‘Summer girl’ is all about that. It's encouraging to learn how sorrow can be shaped into something beautiful.

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