On The Lawn
50 Bedford Ave. at North 13th St., Brooklyn, NY 11222
L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.
|8:30PM||Live Music by Hospitality|
|11:30 PM||After Party at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave)|
Hospitality (Brooklyn, NY)
"Hospitality are a minimalist Brooklyn indie-pop trio fronted by Kansas City expatriate Amber Papini, who also handles guitar and piano. Her voice is immediate and unique, at times like a Mo Tucker but with stately Jesy Fortino/Tiny Viper intonations. Or Amelia Fletcher, fronting a super spare NY-based Heavenly or Talulah Gosh. She’s backed by drummer (and flautist and harmonica player) Nathan Michel and singing bassist Brian Betancourt. They’ve been together for a couple of years, but in Betancourt’s words “only recently started to get serious.” If you’re into electronic music, you may already know that Michel‘s released idiosyncratic, enjoyable records on Tigerbeat 6, Tomlab, and Sonig. Makes sense: There’s a surprising (and refreshing), at times non-linearity to Hospitality’s compositions — it’s pop music that doesn’t take an easy way to a hook. Sometimes it feels like Michel is drumming to some jazz piece in his head. In many cases silence and space are as important as the sounds they make. On top of it all, Papini writes liyrics worth listening to and decoding. So far Hospitality’s just self-released a six-song EP, produced by Karl Blau. Betancourt explains how it happened..
'We met Karl Blau at a show we both happened to be playing at the Cake Shop. He heard our soundcheck and asked if he could record us in exchange for being his backing band sometime in the future. Naturally, we agreed! He recorded a few of our songs on 4 track (which became the EP) and he wrote a few songs specifically for us to play live with him, which only happened once…'
No worries, they sound plenty great on their own."