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Half Waif signs to ANTI-, announces new album with lead single "Ordinary Talk"

28 January 2020, 15:22 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Half Waif has celebrated signing to ANTI- Records by announcing her new LP The Caretaker, accompanied by the lead single "Ordinary Talk".

"Ordinary Talk" is Half Waif's first new single since her 2018 album Lavender.

Half Waif, aka Nandi Rose, says of "Ordinary Talk", "Recognizing your own ordinariness can be depressing, or it can be a relief. In "Ordinary Talk", I wanted to honor and celebrate my ordinariness as an incredible tool for making me feel less alone. The song is a reassurance that feeling bad - or 'ill' - isn't something that needs to be corrected. There's a depth of experience that comes from feeling emotions at their extremes. And it is, in fact, this vivid, varied messiness that makes us human and ordinary."

Rose adds, "The corresponding video, written in collaboration with director Kenna Hynes, tracks the progression from isolation to communion as we move from a tableau of a troupe of strange courtiers to the neon lights of a good old house party. And as the song shifts and melts away, the cast of characters follows and looks outward: up toward the vast night with its unsettling drift of stars, over a vista of coffee cups and blue TV screens and folded t-shirts - the million tiny moments that define our days."

Discussing her new album title, Rose explains, "I kind of created a character. She's someone who has been entrusted with taking care of this estate, taking care of the land, and she's not doing a very good job. The weeds are growing everywhere, and she's not taking care of herself."


  1. Clouds Rest
  2. Siren
  3. Ordinary Talk
  4. My Best Self
  5. In August
  6. Lapsing
  7. Halogen 2
  8. Blinking Light
  9. Brace
  10. Generation
  11. Window Place
"Ordinary Talk" is out now. Half Waif's The Caretaker album arrives via ANTI- Records on 27 March, and is available to pre-order now.
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