Many of our favorite indie-pop groups of late have hailed from the UK (Allo Darlin’ and Standard Fare being a pair of wonderful examples), but recently the States are offering a number of fine acts doing brilliant work in the genre, as well. North Highlands and Hospitality, two New York City outfits that just released debut LPs, are getting lots of spins around here in particular. And while we’ve mentioned the former a few times in the past, let’s get an overdue introduction of the latter on the table with a well-rehearsed set for WFUV’s The Alternate Side this week.
Below, enjoy two endearing tracks that bookend their self-titled debut, opening cut “Eighth Avenue” and upbeat album closer “All Day Today.” Frontwoman Amber Papini handles these tunes’ precarious melodies with pitch-perfect competence here and the band sound remarkably close-knit, but what’s pulling me in most at the moment is the work of bassist Brian Betancourt, bouncing along deliciously forward in the mix. Prepare to swoon and sway before you hit play: