Half Waif, Maria Usbeck, Erika Spring
599 Johnson Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11237
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Since the release of their debut EP in 2014, Yumi Zouma’s evolution has been brisk and organic. The band sold out their first EP twiceover before its official release and before having ever played live. Growing up together in Christchurch, New Zealand, they scattered after high school, moving to Auckland, Paris and New York, collaborating over email to create Yumi Zouma’s initial material. The intense reception to these early tracks resulted in the group’s first band practices taking place on arena stages, as they were asked on tour by both Chet Faker and Lorde. Yumi Zouma has since released two breathtaking EPs and two albums with Cascine, earning the hearts of a devoted fanbase and selling out venues on national and overseas tours. Each release serves as another essential chapter in the continuing Yumi Zouma storybook.
Nandi Rose Plunkett writes and records under the name Half Waif. Over the past six years, Half Waif has created a bold and unique sound that melds pop and folk songwriting styles with experimental production and arrangements rendered in electronic brushstrokes. Influenced by Nandi’s Western Massachusetts upbringing as the daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent, Half Waif’s songs are forever searching to understand what it means to be truly “home.” The project has released two EPs and three albums, the most recent being 2018’s Lavender, released via Brooklyn-based label Cascine. Lavender is the band’s most ambitious offering yet, with 12 tracks that meditate on the meaning of grief, familial relationships, and the strength we find within us to redefine our personal apocalypses. Since its release in April, the album has received widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork calling it “A striking album of beautifully rendered and deeply layered synth-pop” and NPR commenting that "Plunkett writes songs that travel profoundly inward - asking questions about who we are and how we relate to each other - over beds of electronic instrumentation that expand and recede like ocean tides." It’s that kind of reflection of nature that has led Nandi to relocate from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley, where she finds inspiration in the nature around her every day. Maybe she’s found a home after all.
Growing up in Ecuador, Maria Usbeck was immersed in salsa, merengue, bachata and Andean music, but was more attracted to German and American culture than her own, eventually moving to America at 17 to attend to art school. After five years of fronting new wave outfit Selebrities and writing songs in English, she knew it was time to let the mother tongue speak. That impulse manifested itself directly in her debut solo album, Amparo, which reads like an exotic travel diary - music made by a perceptive explorer to tap into the shared core of human expression.
Erika Spring has contributed to a range of musical projects over the years, including several albums and live television appearances as Au Revoir Simone, as well as a 2016 album and headlining tour with Jenny Lewis under the name Nice As Fuck. Erika also releases introspective and intimate synth-pop under her own name, exploring the subjects of femininity, strength and conflict. Co-written with music partner Homer Steinweiss, Erika's confessional compositions are meticulously constructed and wrapped in a serene haze, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that’s warm, yet wistful.