Half Waif’s “Torches” Is Frictional Tension Between Despair & Hope

Dark, emotive pop

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Half Waif capture the emotional friction we experience during times of despair in their new dark, theatrical single “Torches.” With silent tension in the air, the track is a moody soundscape where the intricate melodic pulse and escalating synths capture the contradicting feelings we battle through when we are faced with the unexpected. Stream below:

“‘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.”

Comprised of Nandi Rose Pllunkett, Adan Carlo, and Zack Levine, Half Waif formed back in 2012 and their works are largely influence by Nandi’s upbringing as the daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent. “Torches” is from Half Waif’s upcoming LP Lavender, which will be out on April 27. They will start touring this month:

3/16 – Cattivo (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

3/17 – Zanzabar (Louisville, KY, USA)

3/18 – The Burl (Lexington, KY, USA)

3/19 – Ace of Cups (Columbus, OH, USA)

3/20 – The Bishop (Bloomington, IN, USA)

3/21 – The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

3/22 – High Noon Salon (Madison, WI, USA)

4/25 – DC9 (Washington, DC, USA)

4/26 – Boot and Saddle (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

4/27 – Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

4/28 – Great Scott (Boston, MA, USA)

4/29 – Vitrola (Montreal, QC, Canada)

5/1 – The Drake Hotel (Toronto, ON, Canada)

5/2 – Marble Bar (Detroit, MI, USA)

5/3 – Beat Kitchen (Chicago, IL, USA)

5/4 – The Frequency (Madison, WI

5/6 – Larimer Lounge (Denver, CO, USA)

5/7 – Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

5/9 – Holland Project (Reno, NV, USA)

5/10 – Swedish American Hall (San Francisco, CA, USA)

5/11 – Moroccan Lounge (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

5/13 – FORM Arcosanti (Arcosanti, AZ, USA)

5/15 – City Tavern (Dallas, TX, USA)

5/16 – Stubb’s Jr. (Austin, TX, USA)