Last year upstate NY experimental rock quartet Hand Habits released their debut EP Nameless Lust which featured the blistering “Wonder What”. Rather than retreat and work on new tunes for awhile, Hand Habits are following up last year’s release with their premiere physical release. The 2 song Small Shifts EP is a split 10″ with Peg (Avi Buffalo’s Sheridan Riley) and features two of Hand Habit’s earliest songs before singer/songwriter/guitarist Meg Duffy assembled the band into its current incarnation.
“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.
Hand Habits’ Small Shifts EP/split 10″ with Peg is out February 25th on Eschatone Records. You can pre-order it now.