Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) (Woodsist, 2017)
Having plied her trade for years as lead guitarist in the Kevin Morby Band, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) is the songwriter’s debut album. It’s the one fans have been waiting for. Playing around with her instantly recognizable guitar sound, which has become a staple of Morby’s live shows, she takes it one step further to create something of her own. Wildly Idle is a truly personal affair. Lyrically brimming with emotional fragility, her use of warm, tender guitar tones brings the listener closer, killing off any sort of uneasiness, and installing a sense of “we’re in this together.” Her songs are slow gentle pieces of spacey folk riddled with lap-steel and soft atmospherics that rarely change pace. They create a hypnotising tone which engulfs the listener, allowing them to get lost in the melodies. Wildly Idle is an album which incites comfort—a subdued gem by a young artist with a heavy heart.
Trial Track: “All the While”