Hospitality – ‘Trouble Fire’

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Opens with a theatrical pop mood piece, and doesn't let up experimenting from there on in

New York band Hospitality’s second album opens with singer Amber Papini howling about ”ghosts in your bed!” over a theatrical pop mood piece, and doesn’t let up experimenting from there on in. There’s Parisian bongo funk on ‘Going Out’, sparse jazz on ‘Sullivan’ and a splash of synthy, Smithsy sci-fi on ‘Rockets And Jets’. Better still are the adorable ‘It’s Not Serious’ and ‘Sunship’, a superb Vampire Weekend-style electro-hymn called ‘Inauguration’ and Stereolab doing The Who’s ‘Tommy’ on the delightful ‘I Miss Your Bones’. Ironically, a few Hospitality tracks outstay their welcome. But overall ‘Trouble’ bristles with the freedom of early Breeders or Throwing Muses.

Mark Beaumont