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With its eponymous debut album, the Brooklyn, N.Y., trio Hospitality succeeds in building a new sound from templates laid down in the '90s. The sprightly rhythms and guitar strumming of “Eighth Avenue” recall indie bands like Heavenly, Camera Obscura, and Tiger Trap, but singer Amber Papini’s sophisticated phrasing and unique vocal timbre keep the song sounding fresh. The standout tune “Friends of Friends” reworks twee pop by forging slightly harder seams around the edges while flirting with proggy arrangements and New York–flavored sax lines. Other adoring references to the Big Apple pepper the album, including the peppy “Betty Wang” (a contagiously catchy tribute to one of Papini’s former coworkers) and the witty “Liberal Arts,” where Papini touches on the post-collegiate aimlessness of the Williamsburg stereotype. The mellower side of Hospitality blossoms and blushes in wistful gems like “Julie” and “Sleepover.” The bonus tracks offer different versions of three songs.

Customer Reviews


I predict a bright future for this group. I especially liked "Friends of Friends"

Sweet Suite

Friends of Friends. What an amazing hook. Idosynchratic but still comfy like an old pair of jeans. Put them on and enjoy!

New and great!

I probably would have never heard of this band had I not been lurking around Rolling Stone's website. I really love this album. It's a great mixture of indie and pop infused music. I hope to hear more from them!


Formed: 2009 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hospitality are a Brooklyn-based indie pop outfit featuring songwriter and vocalist Amber Papini, Nathan Michel (who, at the time of joining the band, had several solo albums out on labels like Tigerbeat 6 and Tomlab), and Brian Betancourt. Hospitality garnered some attention in early 2009, notably from Pitchfork and Stereogum, on the strength of their untitled, self-released EP. Produced by Karl Blau, the disc showcased the band's spare, whimsical sound, one that nodded to acts like Arthur & Yu,...
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