- Start: 9 April 2019 8:00 pm
Tuesday April 9th
Hand Habits at The Half Moon – Hudson NY
8PM Doors / 21+
$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show
Meg Duffy hasn’t stopped moving, working, or growing since she left her quiet childhood home in upstate New York. You can find her in the back of the van reading a book, quietly warming up backstage with some guitar workouts, or waiting tables at a neighborhood pizzeria. Though Meg didn’t pick up the instrument until she was seventeen years old, her intuitive, naturalistic musicality and commitment to the craft of guitar playing have made an in demand collaborator and guitarist for countless indie acts (Kevin Morby, Mega Bog, Weyes Blood) and kept her between the road and the studio for almost three straight years. Like much of the richest art, Meg’s LP debut Wildy Idle (Humble Before the Void) (Woodsist 2017) is many things at once. The record is a collection of songs written amidst the constant motion of touring, recording, and working part-time jobs; recorded at home in North East LA between other commitments, around the sounds of roommates cooking breakfast, and dogs pattering though an old craftsman house. Layered with Duffy’s signature extended guitar techniques, poems read by friends, and musical contributions from contemporaries like Keven Lareau (Quilt), Avi Buffalo, Sheridan Riley, and others, the album combines striking visual storytelling and compelling melody with a deceptively light touch. Drawing on diverse influences ranging from novelist Iris Murdoch to Phil Elverum’s seminal work under his Microphones moniker, this album is more than the sum of its parts. Like a folded paper fortune teller, each listen reveals a new, hidden truth about living, working, and falling in and out of love buried in the quietly beating heart of the record. Dark, pulsing tracks like the intoxicating “Bad Boy” sit comfortably beside sunny strummers like “All The While” with its bouncing bass line and beguiling lyrics. The thread that runs through all these songs is Duffy’s voice, in turns languid and sweet, and always telling a story. Mixed and mastered by contemporary electronic music maestro M. Geddes Gengras, the result is an LP as hypnotic as Hand Habit’s impossibly immersive live set, and filled with the same engaging blend of wild improvisation and perfect restraint. Expansive, atmospheric arrangements punctuated with intricate melodic details. This record is indoor music at its finest: listen in the morning, in bed with your partner, in the kitchen while you make coffee, at night when you read on the porch.
Eleanor Friedberger is a musician who grew up in Oak Park, IL. She studied film and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. After a brief stint in London, she moved to New York City where she formed the band The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew in 2000. They recorded nine albums and last performed together at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona in 2011. Her first solo album, Last Su mmer was released later that year on Merge Records. She has since released three more critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively in North America, Europe and Australia. Throughout her career, Friedberger has comfortably occupied the worlds of art, fashion, music and performance. She has collaborated with The Andy Warhol Museum in Exposed, live-scoring previously unseen Warhol films, has performed regularly in the 8G Band on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns including the iconic Italian fashion label Miu Miu, and participated and appeared in the renowned multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s experimental train project and subsequent film,Station to Station. Friedberger currently lives in Ulster County, NY.