Half Waif stands at a crossroads on "Frost Burn" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Half Waif | photo by Landon Speers | via the artist’s Facebook page

Recently, a lot of us got to know Nandi Rose Plunkett as the keyboardist for  alt-country rockers Pinegrove, but she’s been recording and performing as Half Waif for years. Her new EP form/a drops later this month, so if keyboard-driven indie pop is your thing, keep your eyes (ears?) peeled. We already got a sense of what it might sound like in danceable first single “Severed Logic”, and now, we’re getting a second preview with “Frost Burn,” which you can stream below.

Midway through the track, Plunket stands at a crossroads, asking “If I were tracing a map, would it lead me out, or would it lead me back?” This feeling of indecision permeates “Frost Burn” down to the instrumental, which builds up distorted organ arpeggios EDM-style before blooming into bright piano and skittering hi-hats. It’s at once spacious and expansive while still feeling jam-packed with detail, so it’s almost surprising when the track clocks in at under three minutes long. Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to hear the rest of the EP, so sit tight, and don’t forget to bundle up.

Half Waif’s form/a is out this February 24th via Cascine. If you want see her live, she’ll close out her headlining tour at Everybody Hits this April 7th with support from Brandon Can’t Dance. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar.

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