Lorde and Haim have both gotten more buzz than most artists get in their whole careers, Hiam is a group of sisters who have spent years trying to build a successful model of writing, playing and eventually releasing their own blend of Cali-rock and Lorde is a 16-year-old from New Zealand who’s become an overnight sensation in America. She became the first Kiwi to get a number one on the Hot 100 and the youngest woman to top the Alt charts (and the first one to do it since Alanis). Both have released warmly-received EP’s and both have built up the anticipation around their debuts, but of course, like Katy and Gaga, the indie queens just can’t help but release their albums on the same day. Competition is good and bad, it gives me more music to enjoy but it also requires me to declare a winner in the newbie battle.
Haim – Days Are Gone
This is a solid effort, each song is a piece in both restraint and going-for-it, they range from 60’s Fleetwood angst to 90’s soul-pop influence. My favorite songs are Let Me Go, Falling, and Song 5, all for different reasons. Let Me Go is haunting and pleading, yet strong and commanding. It sounds like a Rumours B-side in a good way. Falling is the perfect Haim song, if you wanna get someone into this band then play them the sparkling gem. Song 5 sounds like a Destiny’s Child concert where they decided to play all their own instruments, an amazing song that describes how far out of center Haim can be. My only downside to this CD is that four of the songs are on the EP’s so fans like me already have and cherish tha jamz, I just wanted four new songs to enjoy.
Lorde- Pure Herione
Lorde is a baby Lana, a teen who grew tired of the celebrity culture that was talking over her generation so she wrote a crushing song about her feelings and turned it into a pop radio magnet with Kanye-beats. She writes about things Lana does but in a less bad-boy-destroy-me way, her whole album is covered with a deep bass beat that makes it sound like Yeezus part two more than a 16 year-old girl’s album. My favorites are Team, 400 Lux and Ribs, my only problem is telling them apart. Team is gorgeous and the only track on the album that could match Royals’ success, Ribs is more dancey than anything else on the record and 400 lux digs deep into Lorde’s feelings on killing time. Lorde is relevant and her album is beautiful like a deeper Taylor Swift, where instead of break-ups she’s just singing about feeling useless and unfulfilled. My only issue is that it tended to mix for me and it was a tad short.
I give Haim the edge but they’re really both winners for me and I can’t wait to see what they do next.