Angel Olsen – “wildfire” (Hand Habits Cover)

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A couple months ago, Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy announced the release of a covers EP featuring a handful of different variations on their song “wildfire,” which appears on placeholder, one of the best albums of 2019. At the time, we got to hear Lomelda’s take on the … More »

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Stereogum's 90 Favorite Songs Of 2019Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s bestMore »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »

Lomelda – “wildfire” (Hand Habits Cover)

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Meg Duffy released their excellent sophomore album as Hand Habits, placeholder, earlier this year. Today, Duffy is announcing a new project: a covers EP featuring a handful of different variations on their song “wildfire,” which was inspired by California’s recent string of destructive wildfires. The EP will feature covers of the … More »

Hand Habits – “wildfire” Video

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Meg Duffy wrote a lot of their new album, placeholder, while wildfires raged through California. That sense of pervasive destruction is present throughout the album, though naturally it’s most apparent on the track that’s actually called “wildfire,” which sounds like a tightly-coiled string waiting to snap. More »

Album Of The Week: Hand Habits placeholder

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Hand HabitsMeg Duffy’s first Hand Habits album was recorded alone at home in stolen moments between tours, while they were playing as part of Kevin Morby’s backing band. It was a low-key affair — humble, you might say, which was reflected in its title: Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void). The album came across like an … More »

Stream Hand Habits’ New Album placeholder

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Meg Duffy’s 2017 debut as Hand Habits, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), was quietly powerful in its way, a quiet meditation that led you by the hand rather than grabbed you by the horns. Their sophomore album, placeholder, is next level, full of warped, perfectly-rendered folk songs with hooks and turns of … More »

Hand Habits – “what lovers do”

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Hand HabitsIn 2017, after years spent as a backing musician for the likes of Kevin Morby, Weyes Blood, and Mega Bog, Meg Duffy stepped out on their own under the name Hand Habits. Their debut album Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) was an excellent collection of warm, comfortable folk-rock meditations, and next month, … More »

Hand Habits – “can’t calm down” Video

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Hand HabitsEarlier this month, Meg Duffy announced their second Hand Habits album, placeholder, with its title track, and today we get to hear another song from it, “can’t calm down.” It’s a languidly moving song about what happens when you feel like you can’t measure up. “What if I can’t calm down?” Duffy asks … More »

Artist To Watch: SASAMI

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Sasami Ashworth is determined to make it. In a sense, she already has. She’s scored short films and commercials, taught in an elementary school, and collaborated in the studio with artists like Vagabon, Hand Habits, and Wild Nothing. And for two-and-a-half years she was a member of Cherry Glazerr, playing the synths that leveled out … More »