Meg Duffy of Hand Habits is continuously offering up music that’s a mixture of soothing and thoughtful. Her last release Dirt was a beautiful two song seven inch that showcased the abilities of her well crafted songwriting. Now there are two new songs as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club that further show off her ever evolving sound. Both “motherless” and “no reply” take a new turn in direction while holding that Hand Habits sound.
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For “motherless” you immediately notice the electronic compositions. Steering from the guitar here and utilizing synthesizers, Duffy’s tender voice still flows like warm honey. The hooks come from these sparkles of synths while the melody and the vocals offer up a soothing and upbeat tone that’s difficult to deny. The underlying vocals also add a nice touch while broadening the sound and adding depth at the same time.
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On “no reply” Duffy again employs electronics. However this time the song is organ lead and the vocals are a bit lower in register. The gentle build of the song holds you ears while the darker tones capture your emotions. The way in which the keys dance in a heavier note craft a sound that’s intriguing and engaging. The hook is in the melodic way in which the song plays, though the hope in the overall tone is where the magic to the song resides.
Both songs can be streamed on all streaming platforms or they can be purchased digitally from Sub Pop Records or digital outlets. To join the Sub Pop Singles Club to get similar vinyl releases head here. Hand Habits will be on tour starting September 07 in Salt Lake City, UT at Metro Music Hall until November 12 at Revolution Hall in Portland, OR. Their complete tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Giles O'Kane.