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HAIM - "If I Could Change Your Mind"

Videostheneedledrop2 Comments I'm astounded by the level of bad-assery this new HAIM video reaches. But just what is it that makes it so damn captivating? The concept is simple - the three sisters are moving along (choreography courtesy of Fatima Robinson) to Days Are Gone cut "If Could Change Your Mind," an earworm if there ever was one. And there's little in the way of set design; the glowing "HAIM" sign being the only piece, really. Of course what decor there is, it's all very, very retro.

But HAIM's execution, as always, is what keeps things from becoming that awful kind of "sickeningly retro." The sisters aren't romanticizing the past for the sake of it or because it's in style. Frankly, they look a little dorky doing their thing in this video. Still, when Danielle pops the collar of her leather jacket here, you'd better believe it's a sincere gesture. Really, this video as a whole is a sincere gesture - the HAIM sisters are making the music they want to make and you can tell they're having a blast dancing to it.

And most importantly, they look completely assured. If you don't wish you were up on that stage dancing along with them; well, tough shit - it's your loss.

Haim - "The Wire" (LOVED)

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Up-and-coming pop trio Haim has turned just about every head you'd want to in the blog-o-sphere with their hooky, layered, well-written pop songs that subtly reference everything from new wave to Michael Jackson.

The band just dropped a new single with "The Wire," and it's got to be one of the stand-out pop tunes of this year. The smooth lead vocals on the first verse; layered guitar phrasing as the song builds at the 0:43 mark; and the jubilant ending all remind me of a time when the game of chart-topping songwriting was, well, a bit classier. Enjoy!

HAIM- "Send Me Down"

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"Send Me Down" is the b-side to the latest single from California pop and contemporary R&B trio HAIM. It's a polyrhythm-laden tune that carries a pretty heavy Michael Jackson influence. Actually, that's the case with much of this outfit's material, but they channel it into something that feels young, fresh, and modern. Scope their Forever EP that dropped earlier this year if you're yet to hear it. Enjoy!