“Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is. Tracked in an Upstate New York living room, then finished in her current home in Los Angeles – it is appropriate that this album was recorded by Meg herself – for Meg, who has an acute ear for detail, has touched every corner, has seen every vision ’til its end. Because of this, Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener. It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you – a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you. Like many bedroom-debuts before it (The Microphones, Jessica Pratt, Little Wings, Grouper) let this be the first of many to come, for Meg has music in her touch – and this is only the beginning. But let us not look to the future now, but instead stand alongside her, our trust in her will, both humble before the void, with her first chorus as the mission statement; ‘hold you like a flower, hold you like an hour glass’.”– Kevin Morby
Meet – Hand Habits
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
I’m from Upstate New York, studied jazz guitar at a small community college there. Spent a few years around Albany playing in people’s bands and recording with them, while finding a comfortable approach to writing my own songs. for the last two years, I have spent a lot of time touring with Kevin Morby, but in the off time of this past year managed to make a record under this moniker.
Who would you list as your musical influence?
the saxophone, running water, repetition, community
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
Getting to meet musical heroes, realizing that high waisted trousers are usually more comfortably than jeans.
What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
to see more of a community based approach in the ‘industry’, fortunately I believe in it from what I’ve been able to experience. And hopefully with less male energy.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
ruth garbus-hello everybody
big eater-lazy day
chris cohen-as if apart
ce schneider topical-
shannon lay-all this life goin’ down
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with
follow me @hand.habits
😎 If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I’m currently on a plane to iceland and that was the answer up until today. I’d like to go to New Zealand.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Any last thoughts for your fans?
(most people) can do it themselves. ask for help.