Recently I’ve been listening to two songs on repeat – Daft Punk ft Pharrel Get Lucky (absolute summer tune!) and Falling by awesome new girl group Haim.
Often compared to music legends Fleetwood Mac, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana hail from the San Fernando Valley, California and formed Haim (said ‘hime’ rather than ‘haym’) in 2006, although they didn’t start releasing music until last year, with debut EP Forever.
As well as being championed by Radio 1 DJs like Nick Grimshaw, Huw Stephens and Greg James the band were also named as the ‘BBC Sound of 2013’, following in the famous footsteps of the likes of Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and the almighty Adele.
Personally I’m obsessed with not only the “nu-folk meets nineties R&B” style of their music, but their fun, laid back California ‘grunge boho’ look, which is all long flowing hair, Chelsea boots and Cara Delevinge-esque face pulling.
Black ‘Stereotype’ boots Kurt Geiger were £165 now £45
Neon Trim fedora Topshop £25
Studded denim shorts Daisy Street £17.99
Chambray shirt New Look was £14.99 now £10
Jonesboro grey blazer American Vintage was £105 now £59 from Atterley Road
Nude round sunglasses ASOS £10
Who are your girl crushes? Have you got any more tips for some great summer songs? Leave a comment below!
Last Friday the boyf and I headed to local venue The Carlton for not only potentially the first gig we’ve ever attended together, but also our first experience of Mt Wolf with their full line up, having previously seen them play an acoustic set at a friends wedding (which was amazing by the way).
To be honest, I don’t know anything ‘proper’ about music, but to me their style sounds like a dreamy mix of folk and electronica and they have previously been compared to the likes of The XX, Alt-J and Sigur Ros.
This was the opening night of their Hypolight UK tour, and it was really great that given two members of the band, guitarist Stevie McMinn and singer Kate Sproule, originally come from the island that they took the decision to start off the tour in Guernsey. The turn out was really good for a band who have only played to their home crowd once before, with over 100 turning out to support such fantastic local talent making a long-awaited return.
The amount of musical skill on show by the four-piece is astounding with them moving from guitars to keyboards to electronic samplers with ease. Playing songs from both their ‘Life Sized Ghosts’ EP, and the newly released ‘Hypolight’ EP the band played several of my personal favourites including Cry Wolf, Shapeshift, Life Sized Ghosts and their incredible cover of Usher’s Climax.
From the hauntingly good vocals of leading lady Kate to the stunning lighting show, for my first Mt Wolf experience, the only thing I can say is that I really hope it wasn’t my last.
For more about the band watch some of their videos below or go to their website.