Hand Habits – can’t calm down

Labels:Saddle Creek
Number of Tracks:1
Total Time:00:03:35
From the Album:can’t calm down
Formats:AAA,Non-Commercial,NPR,Triple A
Available Date & Time: Feb 11 2019 12:00:00 EST
Impact Date: Feb 25 2019 00:00:00

Hand Habits' placeholder out NOW via Saddle Creek
 
“can’t calm down” 
 
IMPACTING NOW
 
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STARTS TOMORROW – DATES BELOW!
 
Album approaching 800K Spotify Streams
 
Already ADDED at KAXE, KDEC, KEXP, KUTX, MSPR, MUSIC CHOICE INDIE, OPB, SIRIUS XM'S THE LOFT, WHRV, WUTC, WYCE, WYSO + airplay from KCSN, KRCL, KXCI, KXRN, SIRIUS XMU, WEXT, WFIT, WFUV, WPYA, WQKL, WRSI, WUNC, WXPN and more!
 
 
Praise for placeholder:
 
"Duffy pays scrupulous attention to detail in songs that function like intricate dioramas … These songs evoke waves of warm, pop-driven nostalgia, with equal doses of melancholy and optimism.” – NPR
 
“There’s real skill and subtlety in Duffy’s playing … which makes sense given their growing reputation as a first-rate session guitarist for acts like Kevin Morby, Weyes Blood, and William Tyler.” – Rolling Stone
 
“The music is stately and nocturnal guitar pop, arranged precisely and played with quiet conviction, as sure of its purpose as the song’s narrator seems unsure of theirs.” – SPIN
 
"Duffy has found themselves in a line of modern musicians that blend folk traditionalism with indie-rock incisiveness. At points, placeholder recalls the piercing lucidity of Angel Olsen, the confidence of Sharon Van Etten, even the gentle world-building of Duffy’s fellow LA transplants Florist … The songs on placeholder are vibrant and full of life, even when they’re languishing in the ether. ” – Stereogum
 
es ideas of identity and accountability and what it means to change, both for yourself and for others."Anxiety swirls through these songs about non-normative relationships, the unease countered by a bucolic mix of pleasing melodies, soft guitars, and gentle vocals.” – Pitchfork
 
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WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “CAN’T CALM DOWN” HERE (OVER 30K VIEWS):

HAND HABITS ON TOUR:
 
03.22.19 – Bolinas, CA @ Bolinas Community Center
03.23.19 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
03.25.19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03.26.19 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
03.29.19 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
03.30.19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
04.01.19 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
04.02.19 – Eau Claire, WI @ The Gallery at The Oxbow Hotel
04.03.19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
04.04.19 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout
04.08.19 – Troy, NY @ Post Contemporary Church
04.09.19 – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon Hudson
04.10.19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04.11.19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
04.12.19 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
04.13.19 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
04.14.19 – Nashville, NC @ The End
04.15.19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
04.16.19 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
04.18.19 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04.20.19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sanitary Tortilla Factory
04.21.19 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
04.22.19 – Long Beach @ Living Room LBC
04.26.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
 
3.22 with Alex Bleeker
3.23 with Wizard Apprentice and Stephen Steinbrink
3.25-26 with Mega Bog
3.25-4.4 with Tomberlin
4.4 with Gia Margaret
4.10-4.26 with Tasha

 

MORE ABOUT HAND HABITS: 
 
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. The LP was entirely self-produced and recorded in Meg's home during spare moments when they weren't touring. Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) is a lush, homespun collection of folk songs that found Meg in an exploratory state as an artist moving out on their own for the first time.
 
Two years later, Hand Habits has returned with their sophomore album, placeholder, due out March 1st on Saddle Creek. To make this album, Meg chose to work in a studio and bring in collaborators, entrusting them with what had previously been a very personal creative process. Over the course of 12 tracks, Meg emerges with new confidence as both a bandleader and singer. This album is as tender and immediate as anything Meg's ever written, but it's also intensely focused and refined, the work of a meticulous musician ready to share their singular vision with the world.
 
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.”
 
Meg describes these songs as their most direct to date, crafted with clear intention, and unlike Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)placeholder doesn’t meander. “It’s less of a submerged landscape and more a concise series of thoughts,” Meg explains. Instrumentally, placeholder can be situated alongside some of Meg’s folk-adjacent contemporaries like Angel Olsen or Big Thief, and the guitar work on this album proves that Meg continues to be one of the nest young musicians working today. placeholder is another entry in the Hand Habits songbook, but it’s also a valuable testament of our time. While placeholder inspires a sense of ease, simple questions rarely beget easy answers and Meg honors the indescribable joy and profound sorrow that comes with guring things out, one step at a time.
 
 
            
 
CONTACT CO-SIGN:
 
Christine Sanley – ***.***.**** or *********@**-****.*** 
Jessica Weber – ***.***.**** or *******@**-****.*** 
 
 
CONTACT SADDLE CREEK:
 
C.J. Olsen – ***.***.**** x 106 or **@******-*****.*** 
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