Following the release of her rousing new album ‘Mythopoetics’ earlier this year on ANTI-. Half Waif, has announced details of a UK and European tour in early 2022. She has also shared a moving, stripped back live performance of album track “The Apartment“.
Her first visit to the UK since 2018 will see Nandi Rose play work from both this year’s release and her 2020 album ‘The Caretaker’ in Europe for the first time, taking in Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and London before heading to mainland Europe. Dates are:
26 Feb – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade
27 Feb – Manchester, UK – YES (Basement)
28 Feb – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
01 Feb – London, UK – Hoxton Hall
03 Feb – Brussels, BE – Botanique (Witloof Bar)
04 Feb – Utrecht, NL – EKKO
05 Feb – Paris, FR – Hasard Ludique
07 Feb – Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
For Nandi Rose, writing a song is an act of transformation. As Half Waif, Rose pieces together the patchworks of our darkest and most vulnerable moments with a golden thread, crafting a majestic evocation of the human experience that permeates with a graceful strength. On new album ‘Mythopoetics’, she breaks the familial patterns handed down to her, transforming this source of pain into something bearable, beautiful and celebratory. It is an essential reminder that we have the power to shape the stories we tell and the myths we make of our lives.
Charting territories of addiction, memory and loss, ‘Mythopoetics’ is animated by the traces of what’s been left behind: the ghost of orange blossoms, the tail of a meteor across the sky, the taste of loneliness in a crust of bread. It is a kind of modern-day storybook where memory is spun into song and the self is explored and acknowledged with tender, nourishing care.
“This is the record I’ve been trying to make for 10 years,” Rose says. “My voice is changing, and my confidence has reached a point where I feel that I can sing however I want; I’ve finally come to a place where I don’t have to conform to what I think other people want it to sound like.”
By unearthing this kind of self-assurance, Rose was poised to interrogate her life with a new lens. Here, Half Waif is shunning the shadowed mass of generational trauma and the patterns passed down to her. Instead, she plants a seed, urging the orange blossom to sprout through the cracks in the concrete.