“‘Duffy pays scrupulous attention to detail in songs that function like intricate dioramas… On placeholder, the singer contemplates the fragility of human relationships and the hard-to-stomach reality that many of the people, experiences and places we’ve loved are only stepping stones on a journey of self-discovery.”– NPR
“Catchy enough to feel like an anthem and slow enough to feel like a prayer.“ – Pitchfork
“Remarkable and inquisitive…recalls the piercing lucidity of Angel Olsen, the confidence of Sharon Van Etten.” – Stereogum
“Lulling, frank revelations on the complexities of desire.”– The FADER
“placeholder is more atmospheric than show-offy, in which Duffy’s tasteful, restrained playing supports the delicate melodies and reflective lyrics.” – UPROXX
“A vessel of complex, ever-evolving emotion, warm vocals and dexterous guitar shrieks.”– Paste
“Achingly beautiful and poignant… profoundly articulated and relatable.”-Gorilla vs Bear
Los Angeles-based artist, Hand Habits (aka Meg Duffy) has released their new album placeholder viaMilk! Records / Remote Control.
Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and they cut their teeth as a session guitarist and touring member of Kevin Morby’s band. The Hand Habits project emerged after Meg moved to Los Angeles; it started as a private songwriting outlet but soon evolved into a fully-fledged band with Meg at the helm. Hand Habits‘ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), was released by Woodsist Records in 2017. Two years later, Hand Habits has returned with their sophomore album, placeholder.
The name placeholder stems from Meg’s fascination with the undefinable. Their songs serve as openings — carved-out spaces waiting to be endowed with meaning. As a lyricist, Meg is drawn to the in-between, and the songs on this new album primarily confront the ways in which certain experiences can serve as a stepping stone on the road to self-discovery. “A big aspect of my songwriting and the way I move through the world depends on my relationships with people. The songs on placeholder are about accountability and forgiveness,” Meg says. “These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.”
2. can’t calm down
5. yr heart (reprise)
7. are you serious?
9. what’s the use
10. guardrail / pwrline
11. what lovers do
12. the book on how to change part II
Hand Habits – placeholder is out now via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.