To make placeholder, Meg Duffy 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 she’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.
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 finest young musicians working today.
Hand Habits’ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), was released by Woodsist Records in 2017.