Twinkling and bright, Half Waif returns with “Torches,” a bellowing anthem of searching and a rightful demand for answers. Featuring Half Waif’s carefully crafted brand of electronic, the track flows like a welcomed love child of St. Vincent and Karen O. There’s a sense of urgency in the track, a layer of anxiety spliced between Nandi Rose Plunkett’s powerful vocals. Plunkett added, “It’s probably not surprising that I wrote this song in the days immediately after Trump’s election, driving through Texas on a stretch of highway.”
Plunkett’s writing, and instrumentation, comes from a place of deeper love and appreciation, as Probable Depths eloquently showed. Next month will mark the release of the band’s next album, Lavender. Regarding the upcoming album’s name, Plunkett explained, “Lavender is so named for my grandmother Asha – a nod to the lavender she would pluck from her garden and boil in a pot on the stove. The first time I noticed her doing this, it struck me as a kind of magic: the small black cauldron bubbling with a piece of the earth.” Minimal but with a heavy impact—that’s the mark Half Waif leaves behind.
Lavender is out 4/27 via Cascine Records. Half Waif will be touring this Spring with Hovvdy and Mitski.