Over the past few years, EDM has certainly taken the world by storm, and none more so than British producer Calvin Harris. Having already topped the charts a couple of months ago with “Summer,” and the John Newman-featuring “Blame,” the Scottish singer-songwriter unveiled another song from his forthcoming album, Motion. The album is already boasting a star-studded lineup of Gwen Stefani, Big Sean, Tinashe and more. But perhaps the most intriguing and striking collaboration on the album is in the single “Pray to God,” which features LA sister trio, Haim.
With “Pray to God,” Harris incorporates his signature production style. It is brimming with sweeping electronics and a thumping bass, which are carried by colourful synths to present a very strong dance track. The same energetic aesthetic is mirrored by the Haim sisters, whose vibrant vocals really bring the song to life. Danielle Haim’s powerful voice pierces through as she intones “I pray to God, I just don’t know anymore” throughout the track before being joined by her sisters. Together, their delectable harmonies on “I was living in the heat of the moment” transcend the growing soundscape of thumping drums as they open their arms to the more dance-centric spectrum of the music industry.
While the EDM crossover doesn’t feel entirely forced, there are times in the track in which you question the pairing of the two artists. Whether it’s the fact that we’re missing those intricate chord progressions and lively guitar riffs from the trio’s fabulous Days Are Gone LP, or that the production is a little too bold for the sisters’ more intimate niche, you can’t help but feel that something isn’t quite right.
Haim are no strangers to the fusion of genres, so it comes as no surprise that the sisters were more than prepared to take on this challenge. The trio must be commended for making the transition from Rock to Dance as they continue to expand and broaden their musical reach with “Pray to God.” This, coupled with Harris’ formulaic knack for delivering hit after hit, makes this rather risky but exciting collaboration just about work.