Half Waif & Sitcom & TBA
Unregistered Nurse Booking presents...
Half Waif (NY, Cascine Records)
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
$12 the door
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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 Williamstowns 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 Waifs relationship with Cascine began.
Half Waifs latest work is newly complete. The form/a EP is a collection of tracks that expand on her exploration of home. She explains, theres an inherent restlessness in the way that I write and think about sound. Im 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. Im sentimental, nostalgic yet constantly seeking whats next, excavating the sound of my past and coloring it to make the sound of my future. Im 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 Waifs new label home, Cascine. Art for the cover was shot by Adan Carlo and hand-stitched by Chilean artist, Maria Aparicio Puentes. Half Waif is comprised of Nandi Rose Plunkett, Zack Levine and Adan Carlo. The band will tour Europe this winter and North America in the spring, including dates at SXSW.
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33 w North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201
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