Half Waif / Ian Chang
Nandi Rose, a.k.a. Half Waif, is on her own again, and three songs into her forthcoming album The Caretaker, the singer-songwriter and producer declares her fearlessness: “Baby don’t worry about me; I don’t worry about you.” Here, on “Ordinary Talk,” Rose meditates on the heaviness of ordinary moments, the constellation of tears, chores, self-doubt, and small talk that comprise being a person, accompanied by her most cinematic, pulsing arrangements to date.
Over the course of 11 songs on The Caretaker, Rose creates a lush world in which she is her “best self.” Referring to the album’s title, she says, “I kind of created a character. She’s someone who has been entrusted with taking care of this estate, taking care of the land, and she’s not doing a very good job. The weeds are growing everywhere, and she’s not taking care of herself.” The character serves as a warning to Rose of who she could become if she’s not more vigilant.
The Caretaker follows the critically acclaimed album Lavender.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, drummer Ian Chang makes electronic music that is humanistic. In a metronomic genre, Chang takes a fresh approach rooted in physicality. Using drums to control and manipulate samples, he is able to realize complete musical ideas with unaccompanied and unedited performances.
After moving to New York in 2007, Chang gained a reputation as a “gigantically talented drummer” (NPR). He has recorded or performed with artists such as Body Language, Matthew Dear, Dave Douglas, Rafiq Bhatia, and Moses Sumney.
His newest work, 属 Belonging, features nine concise, largely instrumental pop songs featuring intricate melodies, rhythms, and glimmering innovation.