Paul Thomas Anderson Captures The Essence Of A Live Studio Performance In Haim's New Video
"Right Now" is the first single from their long-awaited new album, Something to Tell You.
BY Matt Miller | May 3, 2017 | Music
Channeling Fleetwood Mac is never a bad thing, and that's exactly Haim did on the band's debut album that broke modern pop rock. It's been four years since the three-piece band released that Grammy-nominated record, went on some massive tours, and befriended Taylor Swift (who seems to be peripherally associated with this year's biggest pop hits).
Today, they've returned with the new song "Right Now," which they've shared in the form of a video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The iconic director, along with making some modern classic films, has been behind some of the most memorable music videos. Most recently, he directed a handful of videos for Radiohead's album A Moon Shaped Pool. He takes a similar style he used on Radiohead's "Present Tense" and this time translates it to the studio in which Haim recorded the track, panning to each sister as their part comes in. "Right Now" isn't a drastic change from Haim's debut—which is fine. This song takes a slow build, focusing on Danielle's lead vocals over a sideways drum loop. Este provides airy backing vocals until the full beat comes in with a brief and booming conclusion of drums.
Anderson really captures the essence of a live studio performance—picking up the little sounds of the room, like the sisters picking up drumsticks or Este ending the recording by saying, "...and that's how you fucking do it." As they told Zane Lowe this week, Anderson swung by and recorded it in a single session "before he was going to work."
"You can really hear the room mics are really loud and us stomping around," Danielle told Lowe. "Paul was adamant about wanting to hear Alana click on her pedal. You can hear that click when she does it and you can hear our heels and we were like, 'Wow, this is crazy, I can't believe we pulled this off in a day.'"
This live element is truly impressive, especially considering the shiny produced sound of Haim.
The new Haim album, Something To Tell You, is due out on July 7.
From: Esquire US