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Hospitality: Tiny Desk Concert

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April 30, 2012 The New York band Hospitality makes music that's unmistakably friendly and welcoming — it's hug-and-a-handshake pop that lives up to its name by jangling and chiming comfortably. The group doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive.

The New York band Hospitality makes music that's unmistakably friendly and welcoming — it's hug-and-a-handshake pop that lives up to its name by jangling and chiming comfortably. The songs on the band's self-titled debut, out earlier this year, have a gliding quality to them that's immensely pleasing; Hospitality doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive.

As such, this three-song performance at the NPR Music offices is concise and unassuming, even muted. There's a shyness (and a wryness) to Amber Papini's voice that doesn't usually come unamplified — she practically has to lean forward to be heard — but Hospitality's songs have a way of digging in virtually undetected. To spend 10 minutes with the band is to be won over almost subliminally, so why not turn Hospitality loose on your unsuspecting brain?

Set List:
  • "Sleepover"
  • "The Birthday"
  • "Betty Wang"
Credits:

Producers: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton; Editor and Videographer: Michael Katzif; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; photo by Emily Bogle/NPR

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