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Hospitality

January 31, 2012 | Format: MP3

$8.91
Also available in CD Format
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By J. Hubner on February 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There was a time, back around 2008-2009, when it seemed like every new band that was gracing Pitchfork's home page was from Brooklyn. The Antlers, Bear In Heaven, Dirty Projectors, MGMT, The National(via Ohio). And surprisingly, most of these bands lived up to the hype. But at some point I got to be rather disgruntled with the whole `Brooklyn Scene'. Mostly to due with myself and needing to hear about a new scene. When was the Ann Arbor indie music explosion going to happen? I'd totally be down with the Pittsburgh electronic scene, or the Peoria art rock scene.

But, being a realist and eventually giving in to the common sense that lurks somewhere behind my cerebral cortex, I gave in to the Brooklyn scene. I love quite a bit that's come out of Brooklyn. The Antlers, Bear In Heaven, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, MGMT, The National(via Ohio), Sufjan Stevens(via Michigan) and the Sweathogs. Add to that list of Brooklyn bands, Hospitality.

There's a warmness to Hospitality's self-titled debut. It's one of those records that makes you feel good. Makes you grin from ear to ear. There's a bouncy jubilance to songs like `Friends of Friends' and `The Right Profession'. The arrangments are simple, yet never twee. There's a rough edge to the poppy and punky guitar. I'm reminded of Deerhoof's guitar blast moments on albums like Friend Opportunity and The Runners Four. Song-wise, `Friends of Friends' is an in-your-face pop confection that could give the dead a pulse. 'Betty Wang' sounds like a Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks b-side. Something left off of Mirror Traffic perhaps. `Julie' changes things up a bit. With more of a down beat and hazy organ in the background, the tracks `slow build-up that never quite finds resolution' leaves you feeling unnerved and wanting more.
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These songs will linger in your head (in the best way possible) long after listening. The album is the perfect mix of jangly guitars, power chords, clever lyrics, and fanciful vocals. You will hear echoes of The Sugarcubes, Frente, Elastica, The Shins, and Billy Bragg blended here.
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I really like this band, their song Friends of Friends & Betty Wang were what got me to purchase this album. I collect vinyl, it sounds crisp & clean. I think their sound is as fun as indie can be - without getting too weird for the average listener - or without being too gimmicky. I highly recommend this band if you like Feist, Deerhoof, Best Coast, things with fun female vocals.

Also this would be great to play for a get together or mellow dinner party. I can play it at work & not freak anyone out. :)
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Hospitality's self-titled debut is one of the best albums of 2012 so far. HOSPITALITY is agreeable, but not compromising; breezy, but not hollow; smart, but not pretentious. The album is full of melodic, indie-guitar pop goodness; among these 10 tracks, there's not a dud in the whole bunch. Perfect for summer listening, these songs evoke moments spent with friends outside.

Most songs on HOSPITALITY are short, sweet, and always interesting. There doesn't seem to be a wasted moment or instrument on this album. While most songs are good within the first listen, repeat listening reveal all the care that has been poured over these pop songs. The instrumentation here is solid and intricate without the feel of studio trickery, and the vocals feel warm and lived-in but never worn out. Don't be surprised to see this on many "Best of 2012" lists.

This band is subtle -- it feels as if they grew up on Belle & Sebastian's IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER, and they wear this influence on their sleeves. Fans of the Velvet Underground, Telekinesis, the Zombies, the Shins, or Grizzly Bear will find a lot here to enjoy. Anyone who likes music will find something to like here. Recommended highlights for sampling: "Friends of Friends", "Eighth Avenue", and "Argonauts."
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For an indie-sounding band, these songs are shockingly fully-formed. Rather than sitting in a single groove for three minutes at a time, the music here has a sense of movement and composition, which I greatly appreciate. There are some fabulous hooks ("Friends of Friends" has been stuck in my head for days) and a unique, complex texture to the production. At same time, it's very pop, very accessible, and very well-executed.

It's on the short side, but the price is right for that length, and it feels complete. Around the twenty-five minute mark I got the impression that some of the musical ideas were being recycled, but it never got to be grating. Despite the ending, there's a lot of musical variety in these short songs, which gave it a Beatles-esque quality that I enjoyed.

On the whole, I rather liked it.
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Check in to this Hospital(ity). reminds me of early Mozz (Morrissey of the Smiths thank you very much). there is charm and antiquity here. Very sweet. I like to put it on for friends who just broke up with somebody.
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An absolutely additive record. Charming without being precious, this band plays a type of pop music that is hard to resist. The guitars and rhythm are tight, the tones jangley and bright. Amber's wonderful vocals play and skip over everything with a fun, quick phrasing. Great stuff. Easily one of the best records I've heard this year.
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