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Hospitality : Trouble

The self-titled 2012 debut from Brooklyn’s Hospitality was one of those rare records that managed to radiate youthful nonchalance whilst at the same time sounding like the work of a band a good few releases their senior. Follow-up Trouble, out January 28 via Merge (US)/ Fire Records (EU), finds the trio growing with their sound rather than out of it, largely forsaking sun-soaked good vibrations for something a bit more nuanced and nocturnal, be it the slinky glitter-ball groove of “Going Out”, “Inauguration”‘s slow-motion electro pulse, the Rumours-influenced disco-tinged AOR of “Last Words” or “I Miss Your Bones”’s wiry (and indeed Wire-y) post-punk. Frontwoman Amber Papini sounds more sensual here than sleepy, and with three multi-instrumentalists (bassist Brian Betancourt and drummer Nathan Michel also contribute guitar, keys and backing vocals) all helping with songwriting duty the arrangements are impressively unpredictable; opener “Nightingale”, for instance, bounces in on a rubbery blues riff before veering off into bedroom pop territory and ending in an extended prog-rock jam, whilst the folksy “Sunship” climaxes in a swell of Bacharach-esque brass. The sun may sting their eyes a bit more than it used to, but in embracing darkness Hospitality have crafted a subtly superior sophomore album; check out “I Miss Your Bones” below, and stream Trouble in full over at NPR.


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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