Album Review: Hospitality LP

Posted on: March 2nd, 2012 at 11:35 am by

Hospitality is making considerable rumbles in the music scene as of late, thanks to their recently released self-titled debut album. The Brooklyn trio seems to be indie-popping up everywhere.

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At times, the band has an unshakeable resemblance to Regina Spektor, in their overall stylistic approach, and in lead singer Amber Papini’s vocals.  But where Hospitality diverges is in the lushness of their melodies.  Speaking of lush, when she sings, Papini sounds sort of British.  It’s in her sweet crooning where she could hit an indie-music lover’s sweet spot; as such, the band’s sound instantly transforms from pounding the pavement to head in the clouds dreaminess.

The lyrics are chatty and flit around subjects like looking at adolescence through rose-colored glasses, suggestive cleverness, and naturally, the Big Apple.  It’s also worth noting that the upbeat horns interspersed through particular tracks give the album some spunk (not British).

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Photo Credit: Merge Records

Hospitality is opening for Tennis at the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.  It’s a sold out gig, but check out their official video “Friends of Friends,” courtesy of Merge Records.  It’s set in the city, and, if nothing else, will win you over because it stars (among others) Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat (aka Maeby Funke) and has the priceless captioned dialogue, “Why don’t we take the subway?” -“It’s broken.”

Written by Holly Louise Perry

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