Holy Tuesday: Haim just released their new single ‘Hallelujah’

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Este, Danielle and Alana, the three sisters forming the groupe HAIM, are the hidden and blessed children of Fleetwood Mac and Alanis Morissette. In their new song Hallelujah, the trio signs a soft and sensible ballad accompanied with strong poetic lyrics and a minimalistic music video in which their artistic beauty is unveiled to the world. It all starts with a guitar, then a voice that transports you into this raw theatre in which the three sisters walk (it isn’t a HAIM video if there is no walking). We hear and feel throughout the song : “Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah?”. We first identify with the lyric as we feel elevated by the song, but the lyric is entirely dedicated to the love of surroundings. Alana Haim explains: “To me it’s a song about relying on the people around you and reflecting on how different life could be if those people weren’t around.”

The song is about loss and finding yourself grateful to have welcomed such pure souls in your life that are now gone. In the music video directed by HAIM’s long time friend Paul Thomas Anderson, the three artists walk around an empty theatre that could embody their past relationships here represented as finished acts. The public is gone, no striking Greek tragedy or Feydeau like comedy will be played on that stage. All that is left are the echoing memories the walls and curtains keep in their silence. That last string has the sound of a goodbye, but also resonates as a last note of hope. A hope hat for every emotion, remains s a HAIM song, and for every loss, there’s a Hallelujah.

Photo credit : Daria Kobayashi Ritch

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