It’s so great to hear that Haim has taken out the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll. It couldn’t have gone to a more fun bunch of ladies. I first blogged about them in July last year, so I’m feeling pretty chuffed with myself that they’ve been picked to shine in 2013. Having seen them perform at Iceland Airwaves last November, I was even more smitten with this trio of sisters.
Winning the BBC poll is usually a significant step in an artist’s career. Previous winners include the likes of Keane, 50 Cent, Adele, Ellie Goulding and 2011 winner Jessie J, who incidentally I picked for success in 2010 for Yahoo Music’s Next Big Thing that year. But enough narcissism for one post. Haim’s strength thus far is not only a great little collection of poppy tunes, but an energetic stage presence that gets pretty much everyone in the room dancing, singing and, more importantly, laughing.
Bass player Este Haim is the main protagonist on that front, slaying any hecklers, pulling up texters and generally seeing which men she can flirt with before the show is over. She’s also best with some of the most extraordinary live face-pulling skills I’ve seen since I looked at a video of myself playing drums back in the day. She really stretches the limits of her facial muscles, and gets so lost in her performance at times, but drags you along with her for the ride.
CHVRCHES, Laura Mvula, Angel Haze and AlunaGeorge joined Haim in the top five for this year’s award, and I expect all of them to also have big years, particularly Angel Haze, who is one of the most talented female MCs I’ve heard in a long while.
But congratulations to Haim. They richly deserve this accolade, and if they come to Australia off the back of it, perhaps to tour a first long player later this year, I’ll be there singing along at the top of my voice, and trying to catch Este’s eye for sure.