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Half Waif unveils new song "Sodium & Cigarettes"

26 May 2021, 16:23 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Half Waif has unveiled new song "Sodium & Cigarettes" as the latest preview of her upcoming Mythopoetics album.

"Sodium & Cigarettes" is the fifth song to be shared from Half Waif's new album, landing after earlier offerings "Swimmer", "Take Away The Ache", "Party’s Over" and "Orange Blossoms".

Half Waif, real name Nandi Rose, says of the new single, ""Sodium & Cigarettes" follows the theme of many of the tracks on Mythopoetics and deals with the recognition that no one is going to magically save us or pull us out of our misery. The chorus "okay, give it another day" is something I say to myself when I've had a really awful day and everything feels like a wash. It's a deep breath and a stab at courage - I can face tomorrow, and who knows what possibilities for joy and growth that will bring. While working on the album during the Democratic Primary in early 2020, the song took on new meaning for me in light of political conversations. "I believe in something more than what's in front of me" became a commentary on people saying, 'well, this system is what we've got and you can't ask for more.' I firmly believe that we have to fight for the world we imagine, that everything is possible. So this song is really a quiet encouragement for me, a way to tell myself to stop running, to face what's coming with clarity and vision and courage, to know there's another tomorrow."

Mythopoetics will follow Half Waif's 2020 album The Caretaker, and was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and film composer Zubin Hensler at at Pulp Arts in Gainesville, Florida, after heading there with the intention to record stripped-back versions of old songs.

Rose explains, "This is the record I've been trying to make for 10 years. My voice is changing, and my confidence has reached a point where I feel that I can sing however I want; I’ve finally come to a place where I don't have to conform to what I think other people want it to sound like."

"Sodium & Cigarettes" is out now. Half Waif's Mythopoetics album will arrive via ANTI- Records on 9 July, and is available to pre-order now.
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