hospitalityPerhaps it’s too easy to delve into bands with elaborate sounding production and orchestrations. That’s likely why, say, TV On The Radio, Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens are all so popular. Every now and then, it’s the stripped down music that deserves the most attention.

Hospitality are a Brooklyn-based trio with an amazing stripped-down sound. It’s minimalist twee that’s tailor-made for college radio (DJs and listeners alike). Their EP, Hospitality is a perfect example of that soft, sweet music that should very well make you fall in love with them.

Sure, a lot of people can make a simple twee record. But this is a gentle, sweeping sound with a quality that should be more frequent: honesty. There’s something utterly sincere about Hospitality that’s extremely satisfying.

Hospitality – “Betty Wang” (from Hospitality EP)

The band’s singer Amber Papini and bassist Brian Betancourt took some time to send us this list.

five tunes

1) The Clash –“Straight to Hell” (from Combat Rock) – “I was listening to this every morning while I walked to work. It’s a great song to listen to when you’re half awake and feeling dreamy.” – Amber Papini

2) Fleetwood Mac –“Dreams” (from Rumours) – “I love the way the drums sound on this track.” – Amber Papini

3) Led Zeppelin – “Friends” (from Led Zeppelin III) – “Makes me wonder if they were listening to “Mars” from The Planets by Holst. The string melodies are kind of similar.” – Amber Papini

4) Cass McCombs – “Minimum Wage” (b-side of the ‘Dreams-Come-True Girl’ single from Catacombs) – “I listened to this song 10 times in a row the first time I heard it.” – Brian Betancourt

(buy the single here)

5) Young Tiger – “I Was There (At The Coronation)” (from London Is The Place For Me: Trinidadian Calypso in London, 1950-1956) – “I don’t know why but it reminds me of the opening credits sequence of a non-existent Woody Allen movie.” – Brian Betancourt

Hospitality – Insound


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