Half Waif – “Horse Racing”

Half Waif – “Horse Racing”

Half Waif’s latest album, Mythopoetics, is out in a couple weeks. We’ve heard a decent chunk of it already, most recently “Sodium & Cigarettes” and “Swimmer,” and today Nandi Rose has shared one more single, “Horse Racing,” another elegantly constructed and billowing pop song from someone who has become a master of the form. “Wear me down until the muscle is thin/ Look out, another body coming around the bend/ Forget it, we’re never gonna make it to the end,” Rose sings in the chorus. Here’s her statement on the track:

I started writing ‘Horse Racing’ in an Airbnb in Brooklyn that week in March 2020 when everything got really real. Alone in an unfamiliar apartment, as an unseen force took over our lives, I was struck by how much of a wake-up call it all was. How we were being shaken by our shoulders and told to face something really ugly and monstrous about our ways of being. It felt like we were race horses who had only just realized we were on a track, going around again and again. There’s no end in a circle. And maybe now that we recognized this, we could break out of it, bust right out of the ring – which is what the end section feels like sonically to me. A shot at freedom.

Listen below.

Mythopoetics is out 7/9 via Anti-. Pre-order it here.

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