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Haim Want to Access Their Inner Kanye West in 2014

Sister trio cite 'Yeezus' as inspiration for their next move

Haim
Bella Howard
January 9, 2014 12:35 PM ET

Haim had a pretty great year in 2013, but if they have their way, 2014 will be even bigger. The California sisters behind Days Are Gone tell Rolling Stone they can't wait to start working on new material this year, along with launching their biggest tour yet. "Our New Year's resolution is to discover new things, go to new places and get inspired by different kinds of music," says multi-instrumentalist Alana Haim. "We've had the craziest year, and now we're at the point where we're ready for something new. We're excited about it."

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They will look to one artist in particular as their guiding light in all creative matters: Kanye West. "We're always writing and figuring out new vibes and trying to get our inner Kanyes out," says Alana. Adds bassist Este Haim, "We're going to tap into our inner Kanye."

West's Yeezus was one of the Haim sisters' favorite albums last year. "It's a fucking masterpiece," says Alana. "I have yet to see Kanye not put out an amazing record – and people don't understand how hard that is. To make record after record and come out with something new and push the boundaries and have it succeed every single time is insane. If I could choose any brain to just chill in, for, like, 10 minutes, it'd be Kanye's. I just want to see what goes on up there. Because he's a genius."

Along with accessing the spirit of Kanye within them, the sisters have some more mundane goals for the new year. "I'm gonna use my exercise bike more," says Este with a laugh. Adds Alana, "And 'Call your mother more often.' That's my mom's New Year's resolution for me."

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