Choosing to put out their first single in years in the form of a one-take live performance is a bit of an unexpected move from the sisters Haim, ever the queens of glossy, polished pop. Then again, ‘Right Now’ is all about immediacy, taking aim at dodgy unreliability and spontaneous booty calls. They’re pretty pissed off about it, too.
“You had me hanging on a dream you never believed,” sings Danielle, before snarled lip guitars come crashing in courtesy of Alana. “You gave me your word”. Meanwhile, Este proves that she’s not just one for the bass face, pulling some quite remarkable expressions while bashing the shit out of a nearby drum instead.
Merely a taster of things to come ‘Right Now’ - in one-take form, anyway - doesn’t quite hit full, expansive stride, and feels to be missing that last final ounce of OOMPH. To be honest, though, the restraint feels deliberate. Whatever Haim are holding back seems like it’ll be worth the wait.