Hand Habits – ‘What Lovers Do’ stream

Photo credit: Jacob Boll

Hand Habits have shared the video for new single ‘What Lovers Do’ ahead of the release of new album ‘Placeholder’ (out 1 May on Saddle Creek) and an extensive tour. Opening in a genteel, swaying manner akin to early Sharon Van Etten, the song has Meg Duffy claiming ‘now I know what love is for’ and offering self-depreciating observations about their past: ‘See it from a distance but the distance seems too far’; ‘Asking you a question, now the question seems so dumb’.

Halfway through, Meg claims ‘now I know what lovers do’ over layered vocals and Sam Evian-meets-Elliott Smith guitar work and explains how they are ‘suddenly illuminated’ by their longing and how they’re glad the subject is ‘halfway with your hands into the fire of my desire’.

Catch Hand Habits on the following tour dates:

Mar 22nd | Bolinas, CA @ Bolinas Community Center >
Mar 23rd | San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall  < $
Mar 25th | Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %
Mar 26th | Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern %
Mar 29th | Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
Mar 30th | Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr 1st | Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
Apr 2nd | Eau Claire, WI @ The Gallery at The Oxbow Hotel *
Apr 3rd | Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
Apr 4th | Chicago, IL @ Hideout * +
Apr 8th | Troy, NY @ Post Contemporary Church
Apr 9th | – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon Hudson
Apr 10th | New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Apr 11th | Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^
Apr 12th | Washington, DC @ Songbyrd DC Vinyl Lounge ^
Apr 13th | Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight ^
Apr 14th | Nashville, NC @ The End ^
Apr 15th | Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
Apr 16th | New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^
Apr 18th | Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Inside) ^
Apr 20th | Albuquerque, NM @ Sanitary Tortilla Factory ^
Apr 21st | Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress ^
Apr 22nd | Long Beach @ Living Room LBC ^
Apr 26th | Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg ^
May 3rd | Vlieland, NL @ Here Comes the Summer Festival
May 4th | Brussels, BE @ Le Nuits Botanique &
May 7th | Bristol, UK @ Crofters Right
May 8th | London, UK @ The Lexington
May 9th | Brighton, UK @ Great Escape Festival
May 11th | Leeds, UK @ Gold Sounds Festival
May 12th | Manchester, UK @ YES

May 14th | Lille, FR @ La Bulle Cafe
May 15th | Paris, FR @ Supersonic
May 16th | Lyon, FR @ Le Sonic
May 17th | Nyon, CH @ La Paranthese
May 18th | Zurich, CH @ Lauter Festival
May 20th | Munchen, DE @ Hauskonzerte
May 21st | Jena, DE @ Trafo
May 22nd | Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
May 24th | Brugge, BE @ Cactus Club
May 25th | Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling

> = w/ Alex Bleeker
< = w/ Wizard Apprentice
$ = w/ Stephen Steinbrink
% = w/ Mega Bog
* = w/ Tomberlin
+ = w/ Gia Margaret
^ = w/ Tasha
& = w/ Weyes Blood

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