HALF WAIF

SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR 'FROST BURN'

Nandi Rose Plunkett shares another visual to accompany her delicate & absorbing new EP. 


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.

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Streams EP 'form/a' in full ahead of release this Friday via Cascine! Listen & share now.

HALF WAIF shares new track 'Frost Burn' from form/a EP, out Feb 24th on Cascine.

Pinegrove's Nandi Rose Punkett shares a 2nd track from her deeply personal new EP

Following a successful run of UK headline shows to kick off 2017, Half Waif has shared a deeply personal highlight from her forthcoming EP. New single, 'Frost Burn' debuts today as the second focus track from form/a EP; a jewel in which singer Nandi Rose Plunkett muses on the challenge of embracing pain instead of eschewing it. The form/aEP is released as a limited edition 12” on February 24 via Cascine.
 
About the track, Nandi explains: "I wrote Frost Burn while on a writing retreat in Western Massachusetts for a week in December 2015. I was feeling stifled by life in Brooklyn and by living with a partner and never really being alone (in fact, never really wanting to be alone), so I headed back to the country, where I grew up. I rented an apartment from my mom's friend that had a river running behind it. Geese would flock to the river every day like clockwork. It was totally peaceful and idyllic - what every artist would dream of. But I didn't feel the way I thought I would. Throughout that week, I felt my same old fears and anxieties creeping through me. I couldn't leave them behind in the city, as much as I wanted to. Painful memories from childhood were there, in that landscape, and my insidious self-doubts were there, in my body. And that's where that line comes from: 'and on my island, / I cannot keep out all the violence.' It's a way of saying: no matter how much of a circle I draw around myself, no matter how much separation I create between me and my environment, I am still affected by the dark forces that are a part of me. There is no retreat, really - there is only recognition."

NEW EP ‘FORM/A’ OUT FEB 24TH ON CASCINE 

UK TOUR NEXT WEEK


Today, Cascine proudly unveils the mesmerising lead single from new signee, Half Waif. 'Severed Logic' is taken from their forthcoming EP, form/a, which is released as a limited-edition 12” on February 24. Half Waif marks a step into somewhat moodier territory for the label while still radiating qualities Cascine has been long drawn to.

The form/a EP is a collection of tracks that expand on vocalist and producer Nandi Rose Plunkett's exploration of home. "There’s an inherent restlessness in the way that I write and think about sound," she explains. "I’m the daughter of a refugee, and somewhere in me is this innate story of searching for a home. As a result, I have many – a collection of places that I latch onto, that inspire me, that fuse themselves to me. I’m sentimental, nostalgic – yet constantly seeking what’s next, excavating the sound of my past and colouring it to make the sound of my future. I’m a child of divorce, fiercely loved but forced into independence at a young age; I rocket into relationships with the desire to find roots, commonality, to create stillness in the midst of public noise. In this way, my songs are like the notes of a large scavenger hunt, clues pinned to trees I have known, or tucked under rocks on my path, urging the listener to keep looking a little deeper, because maybe they will find something special in the end."

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. It was with Probable Depths that Half Waif caught the attention of the worldwide music media, with NPR singling out track ‘Turn Me Around’ and Pitchfork awarding it their coveted Best New Track distinction. It was also during this time that Half Waif’s relationship with Cascine began.

Their latest EP newly complete, Half Waif will tour Europe this winter and North America in the spring, including dates at SXSW. 

 

              LIVE DATES                  
January
23 - Surya - London, UK
24 - The Castle Hotel - Manchester, UK
25 - The Hug and Pint - Glasgow, UK
26 - Four Bars at Dempseys - Cardiff, UK

HALF WAIF share new single 'Severed Logic', 

From new EP due out Feb 24th via Cascine! UK tour dates this month!

Cascine proudly unveils the mesmerizing lead single from new signee, Half Waif. 'Severed Logic' is taken from their forthcoming EP, form/a, which is released as a limited-edition 12” on February 24. Half Waif marks a step into somewhat moodier territory for the label while still radiating qualities Cascine has been long drawn to.
 
The form/a EP is a collection of tracks that expand on vocalist and producer Nandi Rose Plunkett's exploration of home. "There’s an inherent restlessness in the way that I write and think about sound," she explains. "I’m the daughter of a refugee, and somewhere in me is this innate story of searching for a home. As a result, I have many – a collection of places that I latch onto, that inspire me, that fuse themselves to me. I’m sentimental, nostalgic – yet constantly seeking what’s next, excavating the sound of my past and coloring it to make the sound of my future. I’m a child of divorce, fiercely loved but forced into independence at a young age; I rocket into relationships with the desire to find roots, commonality, to create stillness in the midst of public noise. In this way, my songs are like the notes of a large scavenger hunt, clues pinned to trees I have known, or tucked under rocks on my path, urging the listener to keep looking a little deeper, because maybe they will find something special in the end."

 

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.
 

LIVE DATES                  
January

23 - Surya - London, UK
24 - The Castle Hotel - Manchester, UK
25 - The Hug and Pint - Glasgow, UK
26 - Four Bars at Dempseys - Cardiff, UK

HALF WAIF signs to Cascine for form/a EP, out Feb 24th & announces UK tour in January.

Meet Nadi Rose Plunkett - her new EP a richly layered collage of blinking electronic soundscapes, echoes of Celtic melodies & sad chord changes of 19th-century art music. 


Half Waif, the musical project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, has signed to Cascine for the release of forthcoming EP form/a which is due out on February 24th 2017. She has also confirmed live dates including a full European tour at the start of the New Year and appearances at SXSW.
 
Nandi Rose Plunkett writes, records and performs under the name Half Waif. Her music is deeply personal and engaging, reflecting her lifelong endeavor to reconcile a sense of place. Rasied 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. It was with Probable Depths that Half Waif caught the attention of the worldwide music media, with NPR singling out track ‘Turn Me Around’ and Pitchfork awarding it their coveted Best New Track distinction. It was also during this time that Half Waif’s relationship with Cascine began.
 
Half Waif’s latest work is newly complete. The form/a EP is a collection of tracks that expand on her exploration of home. She explains, “there’s an inherent restlessness in the way that I write and think about sound. I’m the daughter of a refugee, and somewhere in me is this innate story of searching for a home. As a result, I have many – a collection of places that I latch onto, that inspire me, that fuse themselves to me. I’m sentimental, nostalgic – yet constantly seeking what’s next, excavating the sound of my past and coloring it to make the sound of my future. I’m a child of divorce, fiercely loved but forced into independence at a young age; I rocket into relationships with the desire to find roots, commonality, to create stillness in the midst of public noise. In this way, my songs are like the notes of a large scavenger hunt, clues pinned to trees I have known, or tucked under rocks on my path, urging the listener to keep looking a little deeper, because maybe they will find something special in the end.”
 
form/a is released as a limited-edition 12” February 24 on Half Waif’s new label home, Cascine. The Half Waif live band is comprised of Nandi Rose Plunkett, Zack Levine and Adan Carlo. They will tour Europe this winter and North America in the spring, including dates at SXSW.
 
Half Waif live dates:

January
23 - UK - London - Surya
24 - UK - Manchester - Castle Hotel
25 - UK - Glasgow - The Hug And Pint
26 - UK - Cardiff - Four Bars 
29 - ES - Zaragoza - Delicias (Bombo y Platillo)
31 - ES - A Coruna - MAC
February
01 - ES - Santiago - Sala Riquela
02 - PT - Vila-Real - Club de Vila Real
03 - ES - Almendralejo - Salón de Teatres
04 - ES  -Alicante - Teatre Arniches (Atiende Alicante)
05 - ES - Borriana - Emac Festival
07 - BE - Gent - Video
08 - LU - Luxembourg - De Gudde Wellen
09 - DE - Dortmund - FZW
10 - DE - Cologne - die Wohngemeinschaft
March
10 - 19 - US - Austin, TX - SXSW Festival

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