Haim are back with “Summer Girl,” their first single since the release of 2017’s Something to Tell You. The song adds to the list of the sister band’s upbeat anthems, though it’s a bit of a jazzier departure from the band’s typically guitar-heavy sound. The single’s saxophone line was written by Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend.
Danielle Haim wrote the song after learning that her partner, producer Ariel Rechtshaid, had been diagnosed with cancer during the making of Something to Tell You. “He’s in the clear now!” she clarified in a Twitter thread.
After realizing the melody of “Summer Girl” reminded them of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” Haim and Batmanglij added in a bass line to mimick the tune’s recognizable sound. Reed is credited as a writer on “Summer Girl,” with Rechtshaid producing.
The single was released in tandem with a video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The notable auteur is a known Haim fan, having previously directed their music videos for “Little of Your Love,” “Right Now” and “Night So Long,” as well as a short film “Valentine,” which documented the making of Something to Tell You.
Check out “Summer Girl” below.