Half Waif Premiere "Nest" Video as DIY Mag's Neu Pick of the Day

Back in December, Half Waif released "Nest" -- the first single from their forthcoming new full length album Probable Depths. Stereogum had the premiere, and later that week the track was featured as one of the '5 Best Songs of the Week,' winning praise for its creative use of found sounds.

DIY Magazine has the accompanying video premiere today, which seems fitting, as the making of the "Nest" video was very much a DIY Half Waif family affair: Bassist Adan Carlo shot the video alongside his partner Celina Carney, who edited the clip as well, and all of the projections were created and operated live by frontwoman Nandi Rose Plunkett's partner Zack Levine, who also plays the drums.

The video was dreamed up and filmed in apartments in both Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Many of the images, which appear to be cells or skeletons or microbial planets, were effects dreamed up by Carney: Poly-Fil lit up from behind, flashlights turning on and off in unfocused light, sequins reflected to look like tiny insects or sparks from the cosmos, etc. The final result is a true extension of the song, one that's dreamy, psychedelic, and alien. 

 

> PREMIERE: Half Waif - "Nest" Video at DIY Magazine

Delicate, warm synth-work, a string section and shadowy, driving electronics are knitted together into something inviting, while the clip toys with silhouette-hugging light and shape.
— DIY Magazine