Half Waif (aka Nandi Rose) may have released an album only last year, but she is back with a new track and video “Orange Blossoms”. The A-side of a new 7″ which the prolific artist promises is the start of a new chapter of work for 2021. The synths are dialled back, the vocals are (even) more unsettling and operatic, and the sparse piano backing is very much a supporting role here. Which works extremely well when the vocals are this distinctive and affecting.
The new track is a powerful promise of self empowerment. Rose says “The song touches on a phrase that kept coming back to me at that time, which was: ‘no one’s going to do it for you.’ You can help and be helped, you can love and be loved, but salvation is your own to seek and claim.”