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Hand Habits have shared the details of their new album, placeholder, out on March 1 via Saddle Creek, along with the video for the title track. Hand Habits is the project of Meg Duffy, long-time guitarist in Kevin Morby’s live band, who released their debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), on Woodsist Records in 2017.

Their new track, “placeholder,” is a vessel of complex, ever-evolving emotion, warm vocals and dexterous guitar shrieks. Speaking of vessels, the Madeline Kenney-directed accompanying music video features Duffy wandering in a calming, nautical setting. According to a press release, the record’s title “stems from Meg’s fascination with the undefinable.” Duffy explains, “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. These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.”

Hand Habits are touring in support of this new record in March and April, and they are also supporting Japanese Breakfast on the East Coast later this month.

Watch the video for “placeholder” below and check out Hand Habits’ upcoming tour dates further down. You can preorder their album here.

Hand Habits Tour Dates:

January
16 – Hamden, Conn. @ Space Ballroom #
17 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel #
18 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel #
19 – Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage #

March
22 – Bolinas, Calif. @ Bolinas Community Center >
23 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Swedish American Hall < $
25 – Portland, Ore. @ Mississippi Studios %
26 – Seattle, Wash. @ Sunset Tavern %
29 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
30 – Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge

April
01 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown *
02 – Eau Claire, Wis. @ The Gallery at The Oxbow Hotel *
03 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry *
04 – Chicago, Ill. @ Hideout * +
08 – Troy, N.Y. @ Post Contemporary Church
09 – Hudson, N.Y. @ The Half Moon Hudson
10 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom ^
11 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s ^
12 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd DC Vinyl Lounge ^
13 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Mothlight ^
14 – Nashville, N.C. @ The End ^
15 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl ^
16 – New Orleans, La. @ Gasa Gasa ^
18 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk (Inside) ^
20 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sanitary Tortilla Factory ^
21 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Hotel Congress ^
22 – Long Beach, Calif. @ Living Room LBC ^
26 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Bootleg ^

(# w/ Japanese Breakfast)
(> w/ Alex Bleeker)
(< w/ Wizard Apprentice)
($ w/ Stephen Steinbrink)
(% w/ Mega Bog)
(* w/ Tomberlin)
(+ w/ Gia Margaret)
(^ w/ Tasha)

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