On January 28, Hospitality will release Trouble, the follow-up to their 2011 self-titled Merge debut.
The album unfolds like a walk on the beach or a journey to a place you didn’t know you were going. Perhaps a darker sound overall, but Trouble begins with the trademark Hospitality pop then unfurls to reward the listener with the more expansive stripped-down instrumentation of side B. If you listen closely, you can hear a band pushing against their own boundaries and limitations until they find the very air around them subtly but perceptibly changed.
RollingStone.com premiered "I Miss Your Bones" today from Trouble writing, "Fans can get a taste of the album with an exclusive stream of "I Miss Your Bones," a sprawling epic that finds singer Amber Papini mourning everlasting loss with such sad lines as, 'All the stars will twinkle in the mist of the sea/ Black and lonely." Behind her, the band builds from a sparse power-pop stomp to a noisy, psychedelic freak-out.'"
Listen to "I Miss Your Bones" now at RollingStone.com
In its lyrics and its musical construction, Trouble is an album that wonders about the mysteries that lurk just beyond our field of vision. Slyly and sympathetically, Papini ponders a Saturday afternoon fishing trip as a wrenching interplay of life and death, the perfect blue sky at an air show as a setting for a soured romance. Papini elaborates: “Most of the songs are about everyday environments that arouse anxiety or unease. The ocean isn’t meant for people; we aren’t supposed to be there, and some of the animals that live there are much bigger and faster than we are in the water. I think a lot of the songs deal with this ‘out of place’ kind of theme, feelings of unease and the questions of what is under you or what surrounds you.”
Pre-order Trouble on CD or LP with a special Merge-exclusive t-shirt bundle now in the Merge store.