There’s a music video for HAIM’s first single in two years, a song they debuted during an LA show earlier this month. The trio of sisters tapped visionary Paul Thomas Anderson to direct the accompanying “Summer Girl” visual, a filmmaker the girls had previously worked with on their video for “Little of Your Love.”
In “Summer Girl,” Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim shed layers of clothing as they prance around Los Angeles (Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema even makes a cameo!), followed by a somber saxophonist, who turns out to be ex–Vampire Weekender Rostam Batmanglij.
Summer is a time for short sleeves, granted—but the members of HAIM are also metaphorically less guarded with less clothing, getting closer to their truth.
Via social media, Danielle Haim shared that the track was written to cheer up her partner, producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who was diagnosed with cancer while they were touring their last album, 2017’s Something to Tell You. (Don’t worry, Ariel is in the clear now.)
On Twitter, she further explained: “I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark. So I kept singing these lines— I’m your sunny girl/ I’m your fuzzy girl/ I’m your summer girl—over the bass line. summer girl stuck.”
Watch the video below.