Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer & Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and atmospheric soundscapes, aided by projected film and images.
Hotel Neon’s debut self-titled album was crafted in 2013 with little more than a personal computer in a home studio, then self-released on limited cassette tape. The music eventually caught the ear of Ian Hawgood, founder of eclectic Tokyo-based label Home Normal (Christopher Bissonette, Celer, Library Tapes), and was subsequently remastered in January 2015 by Hawgood himself, lending even greater dynamic range to the music. The grainy textures, mechanized rhythms, and subterranean bass pulses that permeate the album were made clearer and more focused, leading to resounding critical review and "Best Of 2015" status in outlets like Headphone Commute, Textura, and Arctic Drones.
Hotel Neon released its 2nd album, “Remnants,” on acclaimed U.K. experimental imprint Fluid Audio in March 2016. Extensive touring throughout the U.S.A. followed with Lowercase Noises (NM) and Slow Meadow (TX, Hammock Music), in addition to special radio and live appearances with the likes of Loscil (Ghostly, Kranky), Benoit Pioulard (Kranky), and more. "Remnants" also earned "Best of 2016" status from several respected outlets, including Headphone Commute, Stationary Travels, Igloo Mag, and more.
The trio is set to release its 3rd full-length studio album, "Context," through Fluid Audio on May 1, 2017, followed by more US touring in June and July with Lowercase Noises, Christopher Tignor (Western Vinyl), and more.
"...a very rewarding and immersive listening experience." Headphone Commute
"...clearly attuned to the sonorous subtleties of their music, as evidenced by the cavernous reverberations...the smallest of gestures assumes pronounced significance. While Hotel Neon's focus is more on enveloping atmosphere and sonic density than on melody, differentiating themes do emerge in their constructions, even if they're sometimes submerged by the towering immensity of the textural design." Textura
"This ensemble works in the art of understatement, the art of the subconscious. Their music is devoid of system and dry formula, and enjoys intelligent company." Star's End (WXPN-FM)
"The music is never in a hurry to go anywhere, weighted down by an unnamed sorrow...counterintuitively, it takes a great deal of motivation to create music that sounds like it doesn’t want to get out of bed, and this knowledge serves as a counter-weight to the burden. The sorrow comes and goes in waves, occasionally replaced by hints of light, like the sun struggling to be seen through the clouds. In empathy, there is hope." A Closer Listen