Editors’ Notes In her fourth album under her Half Waif moniker, Nandi Rose envisioned a fictional groundskeeper struggling to maintain the estate to which she’s been entrusted. But The Caretaker is less a concept album than it is a clear-eyed stock-taking of the songwriter and former Pinegrove member’s own life at the end of her twenties, recorded from her front porch in New York’s Hudson Valley: “Sitting in the dark, dreaming up a song, crying in my coffee, doing it all wrong,” she sings on “Ordinary Talk.” It’s deceptively straightforward chamber pop with quietly experimental production flairs, with Rose on a journey to the center of the self. As she puts it on “Blinking Light”: “If this doesn’t change me, nothing will.”

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Clouds Rest
1
2:19
 
Siren
2
3:15
 
Ordinary Talk
3
3:25
 
My Best Self
4
3:04
 
In August
5
3:45
 
Lapsing
6
2:39
 
Halogen 2
7
2:18
 
Blinking Light
8
3:15
 
Brace
9
3:37
 
Generation
10
2:50
 
Window Place
11
3:34