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Steve Hauschildt's Half Waif Remix Goes Sublime

The synth-heavy rework of "Severed Logic" is even more blissful than the original.

by Colin Joyce
Apr 27 2017, 5:06pm

Earlier this year, Half Waif released a murky gem of an EP called form/a. Nandi Rose Plunkett has been recording under the name for a while—and also plays in Pinegrove, the hyperliterate New Jerseyan rock band—but that release represented a newly complex side to her synth-driven sound. Her vocal melodies were sunny, but deceptively contorted, warping around luminescent keyboard lines and percussion. Its best moments felt as comforting as a spring day in the sunshine, but it was subtly unsettling, as if the whole thing were rendered in glitchy VR.

Today, the ambient composer Steve Hauschildt has taken one of the tracks from that release and pushed it to even more abstract and sublime realms. The original "Severed Logic" is a dizzy ballad, but Hauschildt cloaks it in gaseous pastels—turning the synth lines into bubbling melodies, and her voice into a distant chorale. If the original renders its emotional distress in hyperrealist 4K, the remix is an expressionist reworking—with violent streaks of color as stand-ins for form and action. Its no less emotionally affecting, but a little more open-ended. Listen below, and check out Half Waif's upcoming tour dates.

Half Waif tour dates:

April 30 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY#
June 13 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA*
June 14 - Bowery Ballroom - New York NY*
June 16 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA*
June 18 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL*
June 20 - Good Will Social Club - Winnipeg, MB*
June 22 - Amigo's - Saskatoon, SK*
June 23 - King Eddy / Sled Island Festival - Calgary, AB*
June 26 - The Imperial - Vancouver, BC*
June 27 - Neumos - Seattle, WA*
June 28 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR*
June 30 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA*
July 2 - Masonic Lounge - Los Angeles, CA*
July 7 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA^
July 11 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH^
July 12 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI^
July 13 - Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA&
July 14 - El Club - Detroit, MI&
July 16 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN^
July 17 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA^
July 19 - Bluebird - Denver, CO^

* = w/ Land of Talk
^ = w/ Mitski
# = w/ Pinegrove & Hovvdy
& = w/ Pinegrove & Vagabon

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