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Small Shifts

by Hand Habits

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Hand Habits' 2-song "Small Shifts" EP on pristine 10" vinyl!
    Limited edition of 150 copies, signed and numbered.

    This is a split 10", with Peg's 4-song "Living With Abbreviation" EP on the flip side (peg.eschatone.com). The package features two front covers, each signed by its respective artist, and includes a sheet of liner notes. Vinyl purchase includes a download of both the Hand Habits and Peg audio.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Small Shifts via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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"Meg Duffy has been a fixture, as a guitarist, in the Hudson Valley indie scene and with Hand Habits forms the core of a very tidy, talented, and evolving four-piece band. Small Shifts... might at first seem somewhat daunting - it consists of one 6-minute long song and one 9-minutes long. You might think a major commitment is required to appreciate Hand Habits, but you will be surprised. Duffy’s reverb-drenched voice, acoustic guitar, and electric noise hanging out in the shadows, are a transportive device. You can sit and listen hard for the subtle electronics and try to untangle the lyrics, or you can put it on and drift through the day, just like Duffy’s wandering voice."
- Nat Lyon, Louder Than War

"'Be Yr Man' is a sleepy, sparse, dream pop reverie. Filled with a pervasive melancholy, Duffy’s vocals are languorous but crystalline, even as they’re dipped into a soupy concoction of noise that seems to highlight their trepidation. Duffy’s vocals are clear but they’re anything but anthemic. 'Be Yr Man' doesn’t have the righteous fury of your garden variety heartbreak ballad – instead Duffy seems to revel in her vulnerability and doubt. It’s a display of weakness that’s far more charming than it is pitiable."
- I Guess I'm Floating

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released February 25, 2014

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Father, JD, MC, SF, EAS, OQ, MLR, CD, Lauren Tanski, EM, SS, Port, Washington Park, because you all exist, these songs exist.
Thank you forever.

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Hand Habits Los Angeles, California

Dreamy, submerged belfry noise with feelings. Hand Habits is the mostly permanent moniker of M. Duffy.

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Track Name: Be Yr Man
I’ve turned into the windowsill in your bedroom I’ve turned into a desk on the floor with some leg room I’ve been hiding out underneath your covers I’ve been trying to find out if I could be your lover
We are the same I want to hold your hand we are the same I want to meet your friends we are the same I want to do what I can we are the same I wanna be your man but I can’t

I’ve turned into the doorway into your living room I feel like an old guitar that is out of tune I am out of tune I’ve been outside your door screaming for a little while I’ve been trying to find out if I could be your style
We are the same I want to hold your hand we are the same I want to meet your friends we are the same I want to do what I can we are the same I wanna be your man but I can’t

Even lakes and ponds feel the tides sometimes underwater I believe everything is fine I’ve been trying hard to make sense of this honey aren’t you glad this isn’t ambiguous heavy mess
We are the same I want to hold your hand we are the same I want to meet your friends we are the same I want to do what I can we are the same I wanna be your man but I can’t
Track Name: Bloom
Nobody tells me to pay attention my mama don’t care what I’m best at daddy thinks he tried or so it seems
I spend too much time alone nobody calls me on the phone most of my friends have died and I don’t mind at all
Awo I wanna scream at the moon with you I wanna make your mouth move me and you in the spring time I wanna see you bloom

All the witches that lived in salem they all died well who could blame them every time you lose you lose control
If your heart’s not human then I can’t break it I’m not gunna try and take it you gotta hand it over on your own
Awo I wanna scream at the moon with you I wanna make your mouth move me and you in the springtime I wanna see you bloom

When it happened it happened like a slowed down scene the world continued turning but at half the speed I know that everyone must see it
When it hit me it hit me like a wall of sound in through my ears I fall to the ground I know I’ve got a lot to learn
Awo I wanna scream at the moon with you I wanna make your mouth move me and you in the spring time I wanna see you bloom