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“Sugar the Bruise” Is Hand Habits Pure Experimentation

Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in upstate New York, honing her guitar technique while touring with folk musician Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies). Her Hand Habits project comes to life after her move to Los Angeles.

Debut Album Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)

At first it’s just an outburst, but then it becomes a real band whose debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), released on Woodsist Records in 2017, was entirely self-produced and recorded at Meg’s home during the breaks from the tour. The result was an anthology of folk songs recorded at home. Chosen by the young guitarist through a process of artistic exploration.

6 years later, Hand Habits returns with the six-tracks-EP Sugar the Bruise, their business card for 2023. The complexities of art and imagination are the crucial themes of this project. Working closely with co-producer and previous collaborator Luke Temple – with additional production and engineering from Philip Weinrobe and Jeremy Harris – Duffy relinquished control and precision in favor of something more immediate.

For an Expanding Community

Sugar the Bruise is pure experimentation. Of genres, of lyrics, of topics. And that’s how Hand Habits thought of this EP. It’s enjoyment for indie folk-rock/alternative music fans, a community that has grown more and more in recent years.

Sugar the Bruise is not yet Hand Habits album of maturity, but perhaps more a way to make music that has no tags or genres. Just for the fun of it. 

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