Half Waif

Half Waif venturing to Surya

Half Waif, the musical project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, is heading out on a full European tour in support of her forthcoming EP ‘form/a’.

The trek includes a stop at Surya on 23 January.

Growing up as one of the only non-white residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Nandi is the daughter of an Indian refugee and an American of Irish/Swiss descent. Her musical background is just as diverse. As a child, she listened to everything from Tori Amos to traditional Indian bhajans; in college, where she studied classical singing, she was influenced by Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy.

Her output as Half Waif reflects these varying influences.

“There’s an inherent restlessness in the way that I write and think about sound,” she says. “I’m 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. I’m sentimental, nostalgic – yet constantly seeking what’s next, excavating the sound of my past and coloring it to make the sound of my future.

“I’m 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’, which follows the albums ‘KOTEKAN’ (2014) and ‘Probable Depths’ (2015) is released on 24 February.

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