Hospitality - Trouble
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On their second record, Trouble, Hospitality stretch beyond bouncy pop and tender introspection into all kinds of new directions. From the guitar-heavy "Nightingale," which kicks off the album in a crunchy,Neil Young-ian swirl that allows Papini to show off some real toughness to go with all the tender, to the very next song, "Going Out, which slowly rides a sunset-soft mid-'70s Laurel Canyon disco vibe, it's easy to see right away that Hospitality were inspired to explore all kinds of ways to grow their sound into something a bit more challenging and heady. Whether it's rollicking indie pop with exciting dynamics ("I Miss Your Bones"), very moody and atmospheric ballads ("Sullivan"), or epic-length synth pop songs that almost sound like an entirely different band ("Last Words"), the trio doesn't make a wrong move.