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Hand Habits delivers a secret message to themselves on the meditative beauty “Graves”

We’re now just over a month away from the release of Hand Habits‘ new album Fun House, and so far we’ve heard the synth jam “Aquamarine” and the indie-folk “No Difference”. Today Meg Duffy gives us another advance single called “Graves”, saying:

“This song is a secret message to myself, a reminder, a conversation with grief and remembrance. A questioning of my own memory and it’s proximity to understanding closure.”

“Graves” begins with a nimbly plucked acoustic guitar, so deft are Duffy’s finger movements that it sounds like their notes are a stream – something that is emphasised by the droplets of piano that tinkle in the background. It’s the perfect setting for them to open up their inner monologue, allowing us into their introversion with grace and warmth. It finds Duffy teaching themselves a lesson we could all do with learning; “don’t go digging up graves / why can’t you just let it lay?” Despite the frustration in the words, “Graves” is musically and tonally empathetic, accepting that we are all deeply flawed humans that sometimes have to be bitten a few times before learning. “Graves” offers a tender hand for the next time you find yourself uncontrollably digging through old drama.

Listen to “Graves” below or on streaming platforms.

Hand Habits’ new album Fun House arrives on October 22 through Saddle Creek (pre-order/save). You can find Hand Habits on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.