March 31, 2017


Following the release of her EP, form/a, last month on Cascine, Half Waif has revealed a beautiful & wintery visual for her emotive second single “Frost Burn”.
Directed by Emily Dubin, the video encapsulates the mindstate Nandi inhabits as the track’s protagonist, having been filmed in precisely the same location that the song was written. Dubin has worked with artists such as PWR BTTM and Pinegrove.

About the video, producer/songwriter/vocalist Nandi Rose Plunkett explains: “‘Frost Burn’ was filmed at the same house and property where it was written, which is a house in the Berkshires, the region where I grew up. Emily & I decided it would be a good idea to return there to shoot, since the lyrics deal with confronting the past. We took the line from the chorus – “and on my island / I cannot keep out all the violence” – and used that to guide the imagery. We wanted to convey the idea that even when we try to build our own personal islands to protect ourselves from our past, ultimately the violence of our memories cannot be shut out. So there’s the brewing of tea – an act of comfort and coziness – that overlaps with an outdoor picnic in sub-zero weather. And there’s the fort built with blankets, a physically protective structure, that feels hollow and childish in the context of adulthood. In the video, I get to revisit the house where the song was born, while simultaneously reflecting on revisiting my past in that very area, where the woods and the cold and the sweet New England houses trigger so many memories. Standing on the edge of a frozen river in nothing but a dress, internal and external weather assaulting the body and mind.”

The music Nandi Rose Plunkett writes, records and performs under the name Half Waif is deeply personal and engaging, reflecting her lifelong endeavor to reconcile a sense of place. Raised in the bucolic cultural hub of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Nandi was the daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent. She was one of Williamstown’s only non-white residents. As a kid, she listened to a wide mix of music that included everything from Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, to Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt and traditional Indian bhajans. In college, she studied classical singing and became enamored with the works of Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. Her output as Half Waif reflects these varying influences, resulting in a richly layered collage of blinking electronic soundscapes, echoes of Celtic melodies and the sad chord changes of 19th-century art music.

Next to her touring schedule as a member of Pinegrove, Half Waif has already self-released two EPs and two albums – a split 7″ with Deerhoof, the Future Joys EP in 2013, and then albums KOTEKAN (produced by Devin Greenwood) in 2014, and Probable Depths (produced by Zubin Hensler) last May.

Praise for form/a:
“The journey she takes the listener on in ‘form/a’ is beautiful and necessary” – The 405
“It’s some of the most affecting and provoking stuff you’ll hear in 2017” – The Line Of Best Fit 
“Half Waif’s vocals have a particular warmth and tenderness to them; her delicate articulation shines over the layers of instrumentation.” – London In Stereo 
“As sincere as it is vivid and radiant” – GoldFlakePaint
 “Richly layered collage of blinking electronic soundscapes, echoes of Celtic melodies and the sad chord changes of 19th-century art music” –  Wonderland
“Each of these tracks unfurls like a slow-motion power ballad.”The Fader
“…’Frost Burn’ feels hypnotic, almost meditative; it draws the listener into a moment of self-reflection.”NPR
“A damaged pop song of the most glorious order…”Stereogum

Half Waif live dates:
27 – The Smiling Buddha – Toronto, ON
28 – Vitrola – Montreal, QC
29 – Arts Riot – Burlington, VT
31 – Joe Squared – Baltimore, MD
1 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
2 – King’s – Raleigh, NC
3 – DC9 – Washington DC
5 – Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA
6 – The Silent Barn – New York, NY
7 – Everybody Hits – Philadelphia, PA

Buy form/a: Vinyl | Bandcamp

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