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Half Waif reimagines four faves on new gorgeous piano-based EP, readies intimate live dates

It feels like Nandi Rose – better known as Half Waif – just doesn’t slow down. She’s released three – stellar – albums since 2018, and now she’s shared a companion EP, Portraits. It re-imagines two songs each from her two most recent LPs, stripping them down to serene piano and vocal performances.

Speaking on the process behind the EP, Rose shares, “I came to music and to songwriting when I was a kid, singing at a piano. Over the years, I learned to build layered arrangements around the songs, which at times felt like a kind of armor. Returning to these voice and piano arrangements feels particularly vulnerable for me. There’s nothing to hide behind. But it also feels like a homecoming, a nod to where I came from. In this form, I saw the songs from a new angle — it was like we were meeting again after we’ve both done some growing up. Sometimes we can say more with so much less.

The videos give a taste of what to expect in her upcoming intimate live dates, which you can see below.

You can check out the playlist for the EP via YouTube below or on your preferred streamer.

Half Waif live dates:

July 31 – L’Aquila, IT @ Paesaggi Sonori
August 4 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival (OFF Before Czujesz Klimat?)
August 8 – London, UK @ St Pancras Old Church

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