Hand Habits/Meg Duffy, who you might recognize as a long-time member of Kevin Morby’s touring band, sounds more assured and confident than ever on their new album, placeholder, out now via Saddle Creek.
“Placeholder is an impressive piece of craftsmanship, not only in its lyrics but in its sparkling production and masterly sense of melody—for such wistful songs, they have an uncanny ability to get stuck in your head.” –The New Yorker
“‘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
“There’s real skill and subtlety in Duffy’s playing… placeholder [is] an album full of songs that showcase Duffy’s gifts front and center.” –Rolling Stone
“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“Achingly beautiful and poignant… profoundly articulated and relatable.” –Gorilla vs Bear