(Fleetwood Mac cover)
words by sammy maine
Meg Duffy is a vital presence in the indie rock world. Lending their enthralling, meditative textures to some of your favourite records (see Weyes Blood, The War on Drugs), they channeled their talent into a debut Hand Habits LP with 2017’s Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), followed by this year’s placeholder. These songs of fragility, forgiveness and blossoming strength create a soft, intimate territory that allows Duffy to extend an invitation into their own world – one that luxuriates in their sound, in as pure a way as possible.
Their live shows take this gentle environment and execute it in a way that’s compelling, thoughtful and accomplished, adding melodic ornamentation to a serene and carefully constructed presentation. Absorbing the characteristics of their world as Hand Habits, Duffy covered Fleetwood Mac’s 1990 single “Save Me a Place” during a show in a church in Troy, New York earlier this year. Taken from the band’s album Behind the Mask, the cover allows us to delve even deeper into Hand Habits’ musical psyche.
Here, we witness Duffy’s expertise in bringing their own flair to the work of others and perhaps, more importantly, their ability to bring that work into their environment while simultaneously strengthening the song’s original intention. Teamed with bright, harmonious vocal layers and a soothing instrumental landscape, the special performance – featuring Olivia Quillio – was captured on film and you can watch it in all its beauty below.
placeholder is out now, via Saddle Creek
Filmed by: Derick Noetzel Bonnie Mason
Audio by: Dan Maddalone
Edited by: Chris Leary Dan Maddalone