Psychic Hotline, the record label formed by Sylvan Esso, has a stellar single series in the works. They've already shared original tracks from Ethan Gruska with Bon Iver, Uwade, Flock of Dimes, Anjimile, and Bartees Strange with FINOM (f.k.a. OHMME) and Eric Slick. Today, Meg Duffy's Hand Habits project shared a new set of singles titled "Greatest Weapon" and "Under the Water," the latter featuring Sylvan Esso's own Amelia Meath on lead vocals.
"Greatest Weapon" is a propulsive tune that combines a web of banjo plucks with Duffy's echoey vocals. The song was crafted with Ethan Gruska and recorded in his home studio in Los Angeles, featuring Sylvan Esso's Meath and Nick Sanborn on background vocals. According to Duffy, it's about “coming to grips with the dance of time.”
In addition to taking lead vocals on the second single, Meath also penned "Under the Water." She explained, “I wrote it all in one go. Learning how to hold my head underwater when I was a kid was a moment of independence that I hadn’t been expecting—all of the sudden I was able to be completely alone in the pool, even when I was surrounded by people.”
Listen to both below, and find more from the singles series here.