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Greatest Weapon / Under The Water

by Hand Habits

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could’ve played dumb, but that’s not me if it was a lesson in disguise i was along for the ride just to look in your eyes waking up wired, in disbelief how can a river be as wide as it is deep? (in only two weeks) oh god holding onto heaven in your mind hold on i have seen the greatest weapon of all time, it’s time itself time is the ruler of my hell watching the days turn diamonds into sand startled by the scream of the dove you feel the gun in your hand we all do what we can don’t stop holding on to your heaven in your mind hold on i have seen the greatest weapon of all time, it’s time itself time is the ruler of my hell oh god holding on to heaven in your mind hold on i have seen the greatest weapon of all time, it’s time itself time is the ruler of my hell time is the ruler of my hell
Under the water I feel everything sounds in the kitchen my heart beating I don't have to rush I'm just hear listening I can breathe again Under the water I hear everything quiet and loud is the very same thing can only be down here til I count to ten then I'm up again Oh bubbles and goggles and jumping in chlorine and whistles and holding hands above the water is cacophonous but under I'm in slow motion you're in slow motion we're in slow motion


"Greatest Weapon" b/w "Under the Water" is the latest release in Psychic Hotline's Singles Series, which has previously featured new work from Anjimile, Bartees Strange with Finom and Eric Slick, Bon Iver and Ethan Gruska, Flock of Dimes, Uwade, and more. Today's release comes from Hand Habits, the moniker of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meg Duffy.

The A-side, "Greatest Weapon," is about coming to grips with the dance of time. It was written with Ethan Gruska and recorded in his home studio in Los Angeles, and mixed with Joseph Lorge at Sound City Studios. The track also features Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso on background vocals.

"Under the Water," its B-side, features Meath at the helm on vocals. She wrote the lyrics all in one go, about learning how to hold her head underwater when she was a kid was a moment of independence that she hadn’t been expecting. All of the sudden she was able to be completely alone in the pool, even when she was surrounded by people.

The pair of songs is the latest collaboration from the two longtime friends and collaborators, who recently made music together when Duffy joined the expanded Sylvan Esso live band on their WITH tour, and for the subsequent live album release WITH LOVE.


released September 14, 2022

Greatest Weapon
Lyrics and music written by Meg Duffy
Additional writing by Ethan Gruska
Meg Duffy - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, piano, slide guitar
Ethan Gruska - bass, fretless bass, keyboards, sampling, background vocals, percussion
Barbara Gruska - drums and percussion
Nick Sanborn & Amelia Meath - additional vocals
Will Maclellan - additional engineering
Joseph Lorge - mixing
Heba Kadry - mastering

Under The Water
Lyrics and music written by Meg Duffy and Amelia Meath
Meg Duffy - guitar
Amelia Meath - vocals
Nick Sanborn - additional engineering and mixing
Heba Kadry - mastering

Art by Marshall Rake & Will Hackney


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