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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Hotelier

Track: “Piano Player”

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As anticipation continues to build for The Hotelier’s follow up to 2014’s wildly successful Home, Like NoPlace Is There, many are left scratching their heads with the release of their latest single ‘Piano Player.’ Admittedly, the song isn’t the cathartic release many fans were hoping for, but maybe it doesn’t have to be. After all, their last album was focused on loss, whereas Goodness has been revealed as an album about love. Once this vast difference in themes is considered, the subtle and content sound of ‘Piano Player’ starts to make more sense. It’s a more restrained track for The Hotelier, but the extra room they’re given to breath results in one hell of an ear-worm upon repeated listens. The song reveals itself to you slowly – starting with a lulling vocal performance by Christian Holden before kicking into gear with his trademark nasally pipes, and eventually ending with a gratifying payoff. Despite the subdued nature of the song, everything feels synced together in a fuzzy sort of way, from the steady pace of the guitars and drums to the repetitious, yet mesmerizing chorus. It’s not a track that will hit you in the gut from the get-go, but spend some time with it and soon you’ll revel in its reflective lyrics and pleasant familiarity.

Only time will tell how ‘Piano Player’ connects to the complete package of Goodness, but if the track is a sign of things to come we could be looking at a different side of the band entirely; a side that focuses on love and reflection, but doesn’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

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BlackTaxi2d
03.25.16
really cant wait for this release. christians sense of melody is beautiful tbh

Cimnele
03.25.16
didn't the bubble burst on ok guitar music like this

Brostep
03.25.16
this is pretty sweet music, diggin' it

luci
03.25.16
this is brilliant

Atari
03.25.16
cheers y'all. wasn't sure what to think of this track at first, but it grew on me a TON

AngryJohnny
03.25.16
Really liked this on the 2nd listen. Very excited for the new album

johnnyblaze
03.26.16
definitely a grower of a song. so stoked for the record.

Willie
03.26.16
Not really my kind of music. Is that the singer from Opeth?? ha ha.

Slex
03.27.16
yeah also agree that this song was underwhelming at first and now has grown on me a lot. This is my most anticipated release of the year considering I don't trust Radiohead or Brand New

Matt97
03.28.16
The first single Goodness pt. 1 was a huge grower for me as well as this track. I feel like the album as a whole will be a huge grower with significant payoff for those who stick around and give it more time.

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