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?
- "The Birthday"
- "Betty Wang"
Producers: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton; Editor and Videographer: Michael Katzif; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; photo by Emily Bogle/NPR