Setting the mood
Came across this album late last Friday night on album of the year.org. I’ve got to say that indie music as whole has progressively changed just in this last year. I felt like indie rock was turning into a community of breaded individuals interested in old folk sounds and organic instruments. As Spotify played the new Hotelier album Goodness, I laid on the couch destressing from the work filled day. After listening to what The Hotelier has done with their new album, my vision of the community has changed, ultimately the better.
The Hotelier formed back in June 2009 when lead singer Christian Holden met Chris Hoffman, Zack Shaw, and Sam Frederick while attending high school in Dudley,Massachusetts.
In 2009, the band released their first EP, titled We Are All Alone, that received little to no success outside of Massachusetts. In 2011, the band released their first album, titled It Never Goes Out, receiving some attention. This album The Goodness was finished and distributed on May 2016.
Listening to this album was a slow ride of radical emotions. The same consistent sometimes overwhelming sad and lonely emotion was conveyed throughout the album, from start to finish.
The album is very consistently mellow and vibrant with great guitar and bass melodies. From great vocals to the raw drum beats. Long drum pauses between tracks shape a harmonic album experience. Lyrics are creatively drawn from life experiences, giving the album a more sympathetic engagement to listeners, and giving more to returning audience.
The album starts with a great poetic epilogue about human life. A great start that a lot of other bands could learn from. Having said that, throughout the listening experience, vocals are sometimes flooded behind the rhythmic guitar notes. The high and loud vocals sometimes give the low and quiet melodies an inconsistency with the balance of the overall sound of some tracks like “Opening Mail For My Grandmother”. This album still is great and one of favorites, tracks like “Goodness, Pt. 2” show this this band has solid talent and appreciation for the music genre. The album can be said to be a lot slower and less impacted, compared to previous albums. But in all this album appeals to a new fresh audience waiting to explore the indie genre.
Overall, Goodness is a great album that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who a fan of indie rock music. I hope to hear more from the band, and see them live one day in Los Angeles. Their album can be purchased on Amazon. Don’t forget to check out other music reviews on The EXP Grind.
- The album is very consistently mellow and vibrant
- Long drum pauses between tracks shape a harmonic sound
- Lyrics are creatively drawn from life experiences
- Vocals are sometimes flooded behind the rhythmic guitar notes
- Slower and less impacted, compared to previous album
- Emotionally driven lyrics don't mix well on certain tracks.