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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Nandi Rose Plunkett project that includes two of her Pinegrove bandmates was co-produced with David Tolomei.
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  1. Apr 27, 2018
    90
    Each track intimately explores questions both large and small about relationships, politics, nostalgia, and identity. Plunkett's transcendent writing is the needle that threads all of it together. Lyrically, she does some of her best work so far on Lavender.
  2. May 3, 2018
    90
    A scary, fucked up kind of beauty. Consider Lavender a salve. Or, at least, an honest, genuine listen.
  3. 80
    Musically, it’s a soothing sound--think Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Laura Marling and Tori Amos--that without attentive listening could be mistaken for a pleasant enough electronic-pop record. However, in Half Waif’s quest for some kind of calmness they’ve actually made an album that, inwardly, burns furiously.
  4. May 3, 2018
    80
    Worthy of comparison to the late career stylings of Björk, Plunkett’s vocals often steal the limelight but, make no mistake, this album is considerably more than the sum of any individual part.
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    78
    Lavender ripples with the densest, most expansive production yet recorded under the Half Waif name. The album’s lyrics might stand out first because they are sung so clearly and with so much urgency, but Plunkett accomplishes a difficult feat in welding her voice to her backing tracks so that each song emerges as a singular organism.
  6. Apr 27, 2018
    70
    Throughout, very human lyrics, wistful intervals, a mechanical palette, and components that are sometimes altered to confuse organic and inorganic make for an elegant synth art-pop. Like the world her lyrics inhabit, it is icy and intimate at once.
  7. Apr 27, 2018
    60
    While it can be an emotionally turbulent listen that continually returns to the fracturing of the self and the breaking apart from others, this is also an album that is deeply arresting and vital, a reminder that these ruptures are a part of the rocky terrain of life.

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  1. May 13, 2018
    8
    After releasing the best EP of 2017 with 'Form/a', Half Waif has dropped the long-awaited debut album 'Lavender'. Its an interesting take onAfter releasing the best EP of 2017 with 'Form/a', Half Waif has dropped the long-awaited debut album 'Lavender'. Its an interesting take on dream pop, not yet fully realized, but swimming in potential. Expand

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