– Announces September UK & European tour
– Shares “Back In Brooklyn (Gigi Masin remix)”
– New album ‘Lavender’ out now on Cascine
“In Half Waif’s quest for some kind of calmness they’ve actually made an album that, inwardly, burns furiously.” – **** NME
“This record is a seamlessly beautiful and intoxicating affair.” – 8/10, Clash
“As raw & organic as the tender subject matter she brings to light, Plunkett’s music is bracing in its nakedness.” –GoldFlakePaint
“Shimmery, glittering hypnotic pop showers this intimate new album… Breathless imagery with dynamism.” – Aesthetica
“She’s always been a powerful performer, but she’s nailed the careful art of crafting an album with Lavender.” – **** The Skinny
“A striking album of beautifully rendered and deeply layered synth-pop.” – 7.8, Pitchfork
Following the release of her stunning new album ‘Lavender’, out now on Cascine, Half Waif has announced Autumn European tour dates and shared a reworking of “Back in Brooklyn” by Gigi Masin.
One of the many stand-out moments of ‘Lavender’, the stark simplicity of “Back In Brooklyn” encapsulates the earthy, poignant rumination and touching lyricism that sets Half Waif apart from the rest. Now, Italian composerGigi Masin has reworked the track, swapping piano for pulsing electronics.
I wrote “Back in Brooklyn,” the third single from my band Half Waif’s new album, in the period when touring and making music became my actual profession for the first time in my life” explained Nandi Rose Plunkett in an essay released to accompany the original version of the song earlier this year. “In late August 2016, I quit my day job, packed up the Crown Heights apartment I shared with my partner, and committed myself to the road and to a life filled only with writing, playing, and thinking about music. Of course, that dream—once it entered our earthly realm of human bullshit—came with its own set of challenges.” she explains. Read the rest of the essay at The Talkhouse.
Half Waif began in 2012 as a vehicle for the thoughts, stories and songs of Nandi Rose Plunkett. Since then, alongside bandmates Adan Carlo and Zack Levine, Half Waif has created a powerful sound that’s designed to be both immediate and experimental — song structures that shift and interlock underneath swells of synth, surges of percussion and undulating melodies upon which ride waves of intricate vocals. Lyrically, Half Waif traverses complex emotional landscapes. Influenced by Nandi’s Williamstown, Massachusetts, upbringing as the daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent, Half Waif’s songs are forever searching to understand what it means to be truly “home.”
Opening a new era for the project, this new album expands upon themes of travel and leaving home to include connections Nandi forged with the women in her family, and was named for her grandmother Asha – a nod to the lavender she would pluck from her garden and boil on the stove.
‘Lavender’ was co-produced by David Tolomei and mastered by Heba Kadry. It is available now via Casine –https://lnk.to/hwlavender.
Half Waif European live dates:
Sept 12 Berlin – Kantine am Berghain
Sept 13 Warsaw – BARdzo bardzo
Sept 14 Brno – Kabinet múz
Sept 15 Prague – Chapeau Rouge
Sept 16 Munich – Heppel & Ettlich
Sept 18 Utrecht – DICE Festival
Sept 19 Hamburg – Reeperbahn Festival
Sept 20 Amsterdam – Indiestaat
Sept 21 Brussels – Botanique
Sept 22 Wiltz – Nuit des Lampions
Sept 24 London – Sebright Arms
Sept 25 Leeds – Headrow House
Sept 26 Glasgow – The Glad Cafe
Sept 27 Bristol – Crofters Rights
Sept 28 Dublin – Whelans
‘Lavender’ track list:
1. Lavender Burning
3. Keep It Out
4. Lilac House
5. In The Evening
6. Solid 2 Void
8. Back In Brooklyn
11. Salt Candy
12. Ocean Scope