The searching, artful indie rock of Brooklyn's Half Waif started in 2012 as an outlet for the thoughts and experimentation of classically trained singer and keyboardist Nandi Rose Plunkett of Pinegrove. Raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts by an American father of European descent and an Indian refugee mother, her lyrics often address themes like human connection and the life cycle. She relocated to New York before collaborating with bassist Greg Chudzik and drummer Thomas Alton Crane on the Future Joys EP, released in 2013. The next year's KOTEKAN saw her joined by a string quartet and horns, and Pinegrove drummer Zack Levine first recorded with her on Probable Depths, which received a cassette release by DZ Tapes in 2016. Cascine issued the album on vinyl a year later. In the meantime, Plunkett contributed vocals to Jaye Bartell's Light Enough album. The EP form/a followed on Cascine in 2017 with an official lineup of Plunkett, Levine, and bassist/guitarist Adan Carlo, also from Pinegrove. With production by David Tolomei (Nymph, Effi Briest), Half Waif's third album, 2018's Lavender, featured the same trio.