by Charli XCX (featuring Haim)


  • This dream-like slice of electro pop finds Charli XCX hooking up with Haim. Over glitchy, warm synths, the four girls ask their crush why he's so convinced they can't be together.

    So you gotta tell me the reason
    Why we can't fall in love
    You gotta tell me the reason
    Why you won't open up

    Charli and Haim don't understand why the love they feel for the guy isn't mutual.
  • The song was produced by A. G. Cook, who executive produced XCX's entire Charli album. The idea for "Warm" came about from Cook sending her a demo of him singing a melody without any lyrics. Charli explained: "It was so beautiful and I sat with it for ages and just played it over and over again."

    When Danielle, Este and Alana Haim came over to the singer's studio house in LA, Charli and Cook chose the producer's demo as an ideal one for them to collaborate on. The Californian trio wrote their part and crooned the second half of the song.
  • According to the Haim sisters, "Warm" was inspired by records like Quad City DJs' 1996 hit single "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" and Imani Coppola's 1997 Chupacabra album.
  • Charli XCX told Q magazine that "Warm" was something she's never heard Haim do before. "There's no guitars, no live instrumentation, but I feel like that vocal melodies are quite them," she explained.
  • Charli and A.G. Cook had rented a house in California which they had turned into a studio. Charli told Q magazine that Haim's visit coincided with a challenging day for her. "I'd been to the dentist that day so the whole side of my face was numb," she recalled. "I'd already recorded my vocals. I couldn't really talk. We were co-writing. I was trying to suggest lyrics and melodies but I couldn't. I was like, 'mm-he-hoo-ha-ho.' I had told them I'd been to the dentist. They didn't think I was having a stroke."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")

Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")Songwriter Interviews

A top country songwriter, Barry talks about writing hits for Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.

Yacht Rock!

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?Song Writing

A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.

Eric Burdon

Eric BurdonSongwriter Interviews

The renown rock singer talks about "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)Songwriter Interviews

Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.