Mythopoetics

Half Waif - Mythopoetics
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #188 / 409
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2021 Ratings: #136
Liked by 6 people
July 9, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Anti- / Label
Art Pop / Genres
half-waif.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
The product of Rose and Hensler’s collaboration is the best Half Waif album to date, a confident, patient interrogation of what can be discovered among the fault lines of illness, grief, and reliance.
90
DIY
Void of any contrived plans to release a new full-length just over a year since her last, the result appears both more freeing and deeply personal.
82
Paste

Mythopoetics imbues that loneliness with a sense of triumph. This album finds Rose at her most revelatory with swooning, resplendent compositions like “Midnight Asks” and the stunning closer, “Powder.”

80
The Line of Best Fit
Half Waif continues to prove one of the classiest acts in the field.
80
Exclaim!

Mythopoetics may be Rose's most approachable album, but that just means that the world has finally caught up with Half Waif's wide-lens world.

80
The Skinny
Overall there's a great deal to love on this album, whether you're hiding from the world or belting out some catharsis at your next (socially-distanced) garden party.
80
The Sydney Morning Herald

There are traces of fellow dream-pop auteurs across the album ... but Rose’s own sound is unique, and her songs hit like revelations.

80
Dork
It’s an exhibition of reflection, providing listeners with a twelve-track pause to contemplate the depths of our emotions and a peek into buried thoughts.
75
Pitchfork

Created during a residency at Gainesville’s Pulp Arts studio, Nandi Rose’s latest album as Half Waif is complex, daring, and emotionally unsettled.

73
Beats Per Minute

Devoid of meaty pop nuggets, Mythopoetics sounds like an unstable wormhole that travels from 2020’s critically-lauded The Caretaker to wherever the heck the Half Waif project lands next.

70
AllMusic

While Half Waif's cinematic, keyboard-based atmospheres have generally expanded with each album to this point, they reach another level of vibrancy and drama on their fifth album, Mythopoetics.

60
Loud and Quiet

The overall dynamism of Mythopoetics makes for a rewarding exercise in self-reflection.

60
The Observer

Sometimes the angst seems to overpower the song structure.

60
Spectrum Culture
Rose’s character development is the heart here but there’s a disconnect between author and audience.
Maqtheus
76
Nandi Rose (Half Waif) sabe muito bem como tocar na alma sem ao menos fazer isso com grandes ambições.

'Mythopoetics' é um conjunto tentador e muito bem desenvolvido sobre sentimentos: temática essa que Nandi Rose consegue explorar de forma satisfatória sem se apoiar nos velhos clichês em que estamos acostumados a ouvir quando se trata desse tema. Grande parte do êxito conquistado pela artista nesse ponto deve-se ao fato de que 'Mythopoetics' ... read more
75
The cover represents the music incredibly
Donlord
82
"I would stare at the sun, if it'd help the ones I love
And though I’d burn in my skull, I would smile to see them well..."

Building on the foundation laid by its 2020 predecessor, 'The Caretaker', Half Waif takes her refined art pop sound to the next level on the intricate and melancholic new album, 'Mythopoetics'.

Incandescent and enthralling, Nandi Rose's latest LP is a triumph of emotions, marvel in production and an intriguing listen front-to-back. Songs like 'Take Away ... read more
CameronFriezer
77
Tracklist:

Favourite: Swimmer
Worst: Fabric

1. Fabric - 5
2. Swimmer - 9.5
3. Take Away the Ache - 8.5
4. Fortress - 9
5. The Apartment - 8
6. Sourdough - 7
7. Party's Over - 6.5
8. Horse Racing - 8
9. Orange Blossoms - 8.5
10. Midnight Asks - 8
11. Sodium & Cigarettes - 8
12. Powder - 6.5

Average: 7.708
Quick Comment: That was so beautiful with the instrumentals being its strongest highlights
VPads
70
Side A perfeito, com uma produção incrível e grandiosa. Porém, não senti o Side B com a mesma força, sendo bem entediante em alguns momentos.
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Track List

1Fabric
1:14
69
2Swimmer
3:08
80
3Take Away the Ache
3:29
79
4Fortress
3:24
78
5The Apartment
2:38
81
6Sourdough
2:59
77
7Party's Over
3:23
71
8Horse Racing
3:40
79
9Orange Blossoms
3:44
75
10Midnight Asks
3:31
73
11Sodium & Cigarettes
3:12
72
12Powder
2:24
66
Total Length: 36 minutes
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Added on: April 28, 2021