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Hand Habits is set to release its new record placeholder tomorrow. What started as a private songwriting outlet for Meg Duff, the founder and leader of Hand Habits, rapidly grew to become an entire album. 

As a whole, placeholder has a soft, melancholy tone. Each song has an interesting electronic, folksy feel — a sort of modern take on an old genre. 

With a nearly palpable wistfulness, every song is packed with subtly strong feelings sure to elicit an emotional response in listeners. 

Specifically, jessica and what lovers do would make the perfect background songs for dramatically gazing out of the window and pretending to be the protagonist of a sad movie.

★★★ ½

Reviewed by Erika Echternach