Haim announced on Thursday (Apr. 27) that their second album, Something to Tell You, is due out on July 7. The sibling trio, who are performing on Saturday Night Live on May 13, also released a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video of them playing the first official taste of music from the upcoming release, “Right Now.”
The clip for the spare, moody rock tune finds Este, Danielle and Alana Haim laying down the track in the studio. The album represents a reunion with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked alongside Rostam Batamanglij (Vampire Weekend).
Check out the video:
The group also dropped in to speak to Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio program on Wednesday (Apr. 26) and told the origin story of the video’s creation and how the Boogie Nights director became involved. It has to do with their mom, Donna Rose, the early 80s and how she moved from Philly to California to live with their grandpa and began studying to become a teacher.
“To get your credential as a teacher you have to shadow another teacher and get your hours in,” Alana explained. “My mom gets a gig teaching credential gig at a school in the Valley. First twist: my mom is shadowing the teacher at the school. First week, the teacher has a heart attack in the in the parking lot of the school and my mom becomes the sole art teacher at this school. In one week. My mom was younger than me like 22/ 23 and she now has 5 or 6 classes of kids that she now is the teacher for. She would always talk about this one kid named Paul. That she loved this kid Paul he was very energetic, artistic, vivacious. We’d turn the TV on and Boogie Nights would come on or Magnolia and our mom was like, ‘oh that’s Paul’s movie.’ That being Paul Thomas Anderson. We were like ‘mom are you talking about Paul Thomas Anderson?’ and she was like ‘yes that is Paul, I Taught Paul.'”
Cut to 2015 and the time Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone tells Alana about a party he went to where he ran into PTA and they started talking about music when Anderson casually dropped that he’s into this band made up of “three sisters from the valley.” Um, you mean Haim? “And he was like ‘yes, HAIM!’,” Taccone told Alana, who has been pals with Asa since they were teenagers. Long story short, he gave PTA Haim’s email, which they promptly used to invite the director to dinner.
They end grabbing said tacos at Anderson’s house, where the sisters casually mentioned that their mom was his art teacher, prompting PTA to go grab a painting of a mountain straight out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. “He was like, ‘I painted this with your mom. I kept it all these years,'” he said, according to Alana. That connect happened when the trio were finishing their debut album, Days Are Gone, so they put a pin in the budding relationship until they needed a friendly ear to listen to the songs on Something to Tell You.
“A couple months ago we were putting together our record and we had this chunk of songs and were like ‘who do we trust and respect?'” Alana said. “We wanted to show this music to someone and Paul popped in our head and we emailed him and said, ‘hey, we have this chunk of songs. We want to show you them and get your opinion.’ He instantly emailed back and was like ‘Date and Time / Place? Tell Me.’ He comes to the studio the next day and we showed him the songs and were listening to It and he was like ‘why don’t we just shoot this?'”
So, they did. Listen to the full interview below: