On their self-titled debut album, Brooklyn’s Hospitality definitely displayed some ’80s influence. In that case, the influences were of the literate style of someone like Elvis Costello at his most poppy. Lyrically the songs weren’t all necessarily breezy and happy, though; and the band’s live arrangements gave many of the songs a slightly darker edge.
It sounds like the band will be exploring a bit more of that darker side on their upcoming sophomore effort, Trouble. New single “Rockets and Jets” mines the synths and throbbing basslines of 80s post-punk. Songwriter and vocalist, Amber Papini, even focuses on the breathy lows of her usually uniquely sweet voice to complete the overall feel.
After such a solid debut, Hospitality could have easily offered up more of the same. On “Rockets and Jets,” though, the band have decided to explore some new — and interesting — ground, setting up Trouble as one of 2014’s most intriguing early releases.
Hospitality’s Trouble is due out on Merge Records on January 28th.