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Album Review - Half Waif: Mythopoetics (July 9, 2021)
Half Waif, the project of Nandi Rose is back with a new release, Mythopoetics. On this album, Rose explores themes of addiction, memory, and loss in a manner that is not downtrodden, but rather achingly beautiful. Rose's vocals effortlessly soar above rhythms that hit just right.
On her vocals, Rose was quoted as saying "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". Rose most definitely broke through vocally on this effort.
Mythopoetics is such a diverse album, it is somber on tracks like sourdough. However, Rose picks it up on "Party's Over" which has such distinct pop sensibilities. Thematically, the album very much explores the how to process pain and trauma and move forward into something positive. Rose nails the mood with tracks that feel begin at the overture ("Fabric") and glide through movements throughout, before landing at at the deliberately paced "Powder".
Rating - 4.5/5