Haim plan to release their first album in four years, Something to Tell You, on July 7th. The trio announced the new record on Thursday and debuted the video for “Right Now,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.
“Right Now” builds slowly, starting with a skimpy, cymbal beat and a breathy, closely mic’d vocal. Haim add elements one by one: slabs of bass, ringing, distorted guitar chords and finally tentative piano. The band brings the song to a rousing close with a jolt of rat-a-tat percussion from two sisters.
The video treatment is simple: Anderson’s camera follows the members of Haim around their empty studio as they take up positions at a variety of instruments. As the group told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on Thursday, Anderson shot the video in one day “before he was going to work.”
“You can really hear the room mics are really loud and us stomping around,” Danielle Haim said. “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.'”
Haim debuted in 2013 with Days Are Gone, but since that Grammy-nominated release, the band hasn’t released so much as a Soundcloud one-off. Fans looking for a Haim fix were forced to make do with collaborations – the trio appeared on songs by Calvin Harris, Primal Scream and more – and soundtracks: Haim teamed up with Lorde, Q-Tip and Stromae to contribute a song to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and joined M83 for a track that appeared in The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
But the group started dropping hints about a Days Are Gone follow-up last year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Danielle Haim said the group was working on new songs, many of which focused on “trying to go back to your normal life, but realizing there is a difference.” In July of 2016, Haim shared an album update on Twitter, writing, “We’re at a critical point of finishing up [the new LP] and need to stay close to home until it’s complete.”
The band released a more direct teaser last week, posting a short video on Twitter that ended with the words, “Haim April 27th.” This week, the group also announced an upcoming performance on Saturday Night Live.