The third single from American girl group Haim's debut studio album, Days Are Gone, is an R&B banger that finds vocalist Danielle Haim crooning about matters of the heart. The song was released in Britain on February 12, 2013 and peaked at #30 on the UK Singles Chart.
The video was directed by Tabitha Denholm, formerly of the band Queens of Noize, and was shot in the hills near Pasadena, California, with some scenes shot at a botanical garden. The idea was for the Haim sisters to look stranded.
Danielle Hain told VH1: "I think we wrote the song at a time when we weren't playing around LA, nothing was really happening. We kinda wrote it as a 'Stay strong' kind of cheerleading song."
Producer Ariel Rechtshaid told The Guardian that he recorded a live version of the song which he used as a framework for his knob twiddling. "I was messing around with 'Falling' while they were on tour," he explained. "Their live version had a lot of percussion on it – almost a Talking Heads jam session. I got my hands on an original LM-1 Linn drum; it's got a really special swing and groove to it, and I recreated Danielle's drum pattern on that – it inspired one thing and another. Layers and layers came together."
At one point in the video, Alana Haim pulls a fish out of the water. She wiggles it convincingly, but this fish was already dead. Director Tabitha Denholm says that she tried shooting the scene with a live fish, but Alana couldn't hold on to it, so a lifeless substitute shaken for effect was used instead.