"Little Of Your Love" - HAIM / Song-a-Day, 7/23/17

HAIM is doing everything they can to save Top 40 radio.

Combining the sounds of Los Angeles pop with hints of classic Americana rock 'n' roll and R&B, the Haim sisters weave track after track of their new album, Something To Tell You, with strands of heartbreak, longing and passion. "Little Of Your Love" is a prime example of the band's talent for creating anthemic hooks and landing impeccable harmonies (somewhat reminiscent of 1950's Doo-wap) on top of a solid pop-rock track. 

Most of this summer's hits have been redundant in tone and approach; lots of four-chord synth jams with increasingly odd rhythm-makers leading the beat and some other singer sampled on the track. I don't know if "Little Of Your Love" or Something To Tell You's other single, "Want You Back" will be able to match the hype of Days Are Gone's "The Wire" or "Forever" but I hope they do. HAIM is a wickedly talented band.

"The Less I Know The Better" - Nataly Dawn & Sarah Clanton / Song-a-Day, 7/22/17

I declare thee, cover song Saturday

Nataly Dawn, best known for her work with with husband Jack Conte in the band Pomplamoose, is a remarkable artist in her own right. Her first solo album, How I Knew Her, is still a personal favorite and her more recent release, Haze, only continues to show off her talents as a songwriter and performer.

For this groovy little Tame Impala cover, she's joined by fabulous cellist Sarah Clanton, as well as a crazy talented full band. In particular, make sure you wear headphones to listen to the track so you can appreciate Sam Wilkes on bass. Woof. It's clear that the band wasn't trying to one-up the original, but instead work out the song in a new and fresh way that makes it equally enjoyable.