HALF WAIF announces UK tour & European dates. Shares Gigi Masin remix of "Back in Brooklyn"

Nandi Rose Plunkett and her band prepare to bring her tender and intoxicating new record to the UK for a string of headline shows this September.


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“‘Half Waif on defiant form and using the full breadth of her songwriting talents.” - 8/10, Loud & Quiet (Album of the Week)

“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 composer Gigi Masin has reworked the track, swapping piano for pulsing electronics.

Listen to “Back in Brooklyn (Gigi Masin remix)": https://soundcloud.com/cascine/half-waif-back-in-brooklyn-gigi-masin-remix/
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“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
    1. Torches (Soundcloud)
    1. Keep It Out (Official video)
    1. Lilac House
    1. In The Evening
    1. Solid 2 Void
    1. Silt
    1. Back In Brooklyn (YouTube)
    1. Parts
    1. Leveler
    1. Salt Candy
    1. Ocean Scope


For more information please contact kate@stereosanctity.co.uk

June 6, 2018 10:54am ET by Stereo Sanctity  

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