Half Waif recently released a wintery, and at times bleak 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. Half Waif’s form/a is out now on a limited-edition 12” & digitally.
About the video, producer/songwriter/vocalist
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.
Cover art for form/a was shot by Adan Carlo and hand-stitched by Chilean artist, María Aparicio Puentes. Half Waif is comprised of Nandi Rose Plunkett, Zack Levine and Adan Carlo.
1. Severed Logic
3. Magic Trick
4. Frost Burn
5. Night Heat
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