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Half Waif Shares The Smoldering And Apocalyptic Synthpop Single ‘Torches’


Tonje Thilesen

Half Waif (real name Nandi Rose Plunkett) has shown already that she’s a fan of slow-burning, electronica-tinged indie pop, since “Keep It Out,” her introduction to her upcoming album Lavender, was just that. Now Plunkett is back with another immersive track called “Torches,” which picks up the tempo and spends most of its three minutes building up to a smoldering crescendo.


Plunkett lays out the song’s poetic theme, saying it’s about “a world that burns” and that is was written shortly after the election of our current president:

“‘Torches’ opens with the terror of a world that burns, tempered by the cool reminder of an undying coast somewhere nearby. It then imagines what happens when that lit darkness reaches you before you can reach the water’s edge — when you come to feed off it, called by the scream of the open, endless road. 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.”

Listen to “Torches” above, learn more about Lavender here, and check out Half Waif’s upcoming tour dates below.

3/16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo *
3/17 — Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
3/18 — Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
3/19 — Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
3/20 — Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop *
3/21 — Milwaukee, WI @ The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee *
3/22 — Madison, WI @ High Noon Salon *
4/25 — Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
4/26 — Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle ^
4/27 — Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^
4/28 — Boston, MA @ Great Scott ^
4/29 — Montreal, QC @ Vitrola ^
5/1 — Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel ^
5/2 — Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar ^
5/3 — Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen ^
5/4 — Madison, WI @ The Frequency ^
5/6 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^
5/7 — Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court ^
5/9 — Reno, NV @ Holland Project ^
5/10 — San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall ^
5/11 — Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
5/13 — Arcosanti, AZ @ FORM Arcosanti
5/15 — Dallas, TX @ City Tavern ^
5/16 — Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr. ^

* with Mitski
^ with Hovvdy

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