Hospitality are a Brooklyn-based indie pop outfit featuring songwriter and vocalist Amber Papini, Nathan Michel (who, at the time of joining the band, had several solo albums out on labels like Tigerbeat 6 and Tomlab), and Brian Betancourt. Hospitality garnered some attention in early 2009, notably from Pitchfork and Stereogum, on the strength of their untitled, self-released EP. Produced by Karl Blau, the disc showcased the band's spare, whimsical sound, one that nodded to acts like Arthur & Yu, Taken by Trees, and Camera Obscura. The group signed to Merge for its self-titled, full-length debut, which arrived in January 2012 and revisited some earlier material alongside new compositions inspired by youth, New York, and musings on the past and future. The trio's second album, Trouble, was produced by Michel and engineer Matt Boynton, and found Hospitality exploring darker lyrical themes with more care given to the songs' arrangements. It was released by Merge early in 2014.