We are pleased to announce the addition of Hospitality to the Merge family! The band’s debut full-length will be released on Merge in early 2012. The angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice.
The angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice. Singer Amber Papini’s idiosyncratic songwriting and incisive lyrics coupled with the band’s rich arrangements on its self-titled debut explore youth, New York, and the bittersweet commingling of past and present in a way that feels just right, right now.
Papini’s singing has a wisp of an English accent via Kansas City (she learned to sing by imitating Richard Butler on The Psychedelic Furs’ Talk Talk Talk), and her lyrics create a moonstruck, even cinematic vision of New York City, where the band formed in 2007. The production by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) and band member Nathan Michel imbues the entire record with an intimate yet prodigious sound, layering period keyboards with horns, synthesizers, and treated guitars.
Hospitality is Brian Betancourt, Nathan Michel, Kyle Olson, and Amber Papini.
Get acquainted with Hospitality by downloading “Friends of Friends,” a track from their forthcoming album, and by visiting the band's Facebook page.
Hospitality on tour:
Sep 09 Raleigh, NC – The Union (Hopscotch Music Festival)
Sep 10 Washington, DC – Red Palace
Oct 18 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Wild Flag & Eleanor Friedberger