Having played guitar for Hand Habits on tour, songwriter Greg Uhlmann’s newly revealed album alongside Meg Duffy as Duffy x Uhlmann could probably have been foreseen. The avenue these songs take, though, may not be so obvious—and with their first single “Braid” as a beacon of what the guitarists’ debut collection of single-take instrumental compositions will sound like, it might not be what you’d expect.
Arriving ahead of Doubles, which will see a September 22 release via Orindal Records, the track exhibits two guitarists perfectly in tune with each other letting the spirit of improvisation guide them—“blowing kisses and finishing each other’s sentences,” as the press materials put it. It’s far from the heart-wrenching reflective balladry of Hand Habits (or Perfume Genius, with whom Uhlmann’s also recently toured), opting instead for the immediacy of the present moment. “‘Braid’ is a meditation in motion,” the duo shares in a joint statement. “Rhythms layering against each other with the goal being disappearance. With a nod and a look we move from chord to chord. And then we end just as we began.”
Check out a visualizer for the track below, and pre-order the album on Bandcamp here. You can also catch the duo debut their project live at 2220 Arts + Archives in LA on September 10—find tickets here.