Half Waif Captures Our Ambivalent Relationship With Isolation New Video “Halogen 2”

Me-time vs. loneliness

Photo: Brian Vu

Half Waif, aka Nandi Rose, has dropped her latest video for “Halogen 2,” directed by Kenna Hynes. In “Halogen 2,” Half Waif invites us into examining the ambivalent nature of our own need and fear towards isolation:

On her song and video, Half Waif shared:

“‘Halogen 2’ is a song about isolation and the search for strength. The halogens are some of the most reactive elements on the periodic table, and in this song, winter and a life alone in the country are like halogen: an unrelenting force that produces change. I wrote this song at home in Upstate New York last March at a time when my sense of isolation was at its height. And yet I’ve always been someone who loves my alone time, so there was a sense of shame that I couldn’t handle it this time. I needed to tell myself and anyone witnessing my restlessness: ‘Don’t misunderstand, I do what I must.’ Nearly a year after writing the song, we shot most of the music video in the same location: my house and yard. The two opposing feelings presented by the verses and choruses are represented visually in the Blue World of cold, stagnant country life and the Orange World of the unfettered, fiery strength that lies beneath.”

The track is from Half Waif’s upcoming record The Caretaker, which will be out on March 27th. The gal will be hosting an album release show at the end of March before kicking off her North American tour in May:

3/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Records ^

5/3 – Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Festival

5/5 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939

5/6 – Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse

5/7 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB

5/8 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G

5/9 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx

5/10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas

5/12 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd

5/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

5/15 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

5/16 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

5/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

5/20 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

5/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge

6/6 – Peterborough, NH @ The Thing in the Spring