It’s not often fledgling indie darlings get a chance to spread their creative wings but Hospitality have taken their second album, Trouble, and used it bravely as a platform to explore something beyond their niche.
This album sounds like wings spreading, with a variety of landscapes on offer. ‘Last Words’ comes nearer the end of the album but is one of the stand out tracks, using organic piano against swelling synth much like Bon Iver on his second album, while opener ‘Nightingale’ is both brazen and hushed in equal measure, verging on blues rock akin to The Black Keys just as they broke a few albums back.
There is no shortage of change in the musical landscape, with the band playing up to the indie introspective label one minute (‘Going Out’, ‘I Miss Your Bones’) before hitting an 80s pop stride for ‘Rockets and Jets’, where Amber Papini delivers dour lyrics like a female Morrissey. The up-and-down commotion across the album is engaging and keeps you interested beyond the first-half.
Papini presents the only possible drawback: by purposely delivering each song (bar ‘Nightingale’) in an understated manner there is a plodding feeling at points. ‘It’s Not Serious’ has her crooning in a low tone for the majority of the time, displaying more vibrancy in the pre-chorus which makes you think it’s a preference rather than a limitation.
‘Sunship’ and ‘Call Me After’ close the album and feature timid acoustic guitar strumming, creating a background for lyrics which, despite being about warmer moments, feel like a chilly day at the beach. It’s a shame for the album to end in such a slow and hushed manner, but listen again and you’ll realise how much you’ve enjoyed the shifting sounds, not only across this record but from the debut to where they are now.
It’s with anticipation that we should watch this band rather than the usual trepidation we with which treat their peers.