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Single Review: MOVEMENT x HAIM “My Song 5”

Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on October 3, 2014

By Cameron Webley

Modular People’s Australian trio Movement seem to be impressing everyone, everywhere. They dropped back through Australia last month after extensive UK, Europe and US touring for a string of sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, then once again shot off overseas to support BANKS on her sold-out US tour.

Now, their enticing sounds have caught the attention of pop-rock sisters HAIM, answering the call to rework their track “My Song 5”. The edit comes as a part of HAIM celebrating the one-year anniversary of their debut album, “Days Are Gone”. It’s the Sydney kids first crack at something of this kind, mastering a popular song with their minimalist approach that after one listen could so easily be mistaken as their own.

Like their originals, the song screams intimacy, driven by the smooth R&B vibes that are intertwined with modern electronic sounds. The highlight of this Movement Version is hearing front man Lewis Wade take control of the vocals, injecting his eerie touch on top of a drawn bass line and loose claps.

Rightfully so, the tempo of the track hasn’t been adjusted, adhering to its slow pace and drunken beat that has you on slow sway as the synth-warp builds and harmonies collide, a reoccurring element at the core of everything they produce.

It’s simply another beautiful piece from these guys. They seem to do no wrong and off the back of their May release in the “Movement EP”, their recognition and reach will continue to grow and offers like this from HAIM will keep coming. Following their BANKS US tour, the boys are also set to play at Pitchfork Festival Paris in November alongside Jamie xx, Caribou and Chvrches before coming back home to join the Falls & Southbound Festival tours.

Get a free download of their HAIM rework here.


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