Over the years Meg Duffy of Hand Habits has developed her sound to fall somewhere between indie folk and indie rock. Her last full length placeholder delivered some of the best written songs to be released in 2019. Now into the new year Hand Habits is back with a new EP titled dirt. To celebrate the Sasami Ashworth produced release she’s released an amazingly beautiful new song “4th of july” that echoes stronger songwriting and an enigmatic sound.
The song is textured but not in how you may think. There’s just multiple layers between start and finish that Duffy builds upon with delight and surprise. Her vocals roll out in a tender and honest way underneath the acoustic before additional notes come in and her voice gains power. The way instruments come in and add to the mix is simply beautiful. This occurs as well with backing vocals. When the chorus comes in things get big and they’re welcomed. The grand feel of the song is on full display and steers from the tender imagery of the accompanying video. This sound is Duffy at her best with only more greatness to come.
The video is streamable above or on YouTube. “4th of july” is ready to stream on all platforms. The dirt EP can be preordered on seven inch vinyl from Saddle Creek Records ahead of its February 19 release.
Image Credits: Photo by Kovi Konowieki.