Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Hand Habits - "Something Wrong"

Photo by Ivanna Baranova

Hand Habits is the musical project of Los Angeles' Meg Duffy. Their latest single, "Something Wrong," is one of the more inventive pop adjacent songs in recent memory. Duffy has crafted a song using all the basic song structure for a standard pop song (maybe a pop/rock song?), but "Something Wrong" just kind of meanders around inside of those restraints as it wishes. Interesting instrumentation pops in briefly and then disappears like it was never there. This is defiantly not background music. You need to pay close attention to what Hand Habits have done here, because the more you listen, the more you're going to get out of it.

Meg Duffy says of their upcoming album:

For Sugar the Bruise, I had no plan other than to let my mind go blank, and lean into the playful side of thingsTo laugh a little, to lighten up, to shift the focus off of my own experience a bit.”

You can watch the video for "Something Wrong" below. Sugar the Bruise is due out June 16 on Fat Possum Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Hand Habits, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

5/3 - Solvang, CA @ Solvang Festival Theater *

5/19-21: Big Sur, CA @ Hipnic - SOLD OUT

6/15 - Healdsburg, CA @ Little Saint ^

6/17 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^

6/18 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt ^

6/20 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern ^

6/22 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel ^

6/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Barnsdall Gallery Theatre 

9/30 - Montreal, QC - Théâtre Rialto (Pop Montreal)


* w/ Tegan & Sara

^ w/ Gregory Uhlmann

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