The announcement of our favourite artists going on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series often brings an excitement unmatched by any other performance.
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Conventionally done in the casual, cosy setting at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, the iconic segment has seen hundreds if not thousands of artists over more than a decade. That includes the likes of Anderson Paak, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, American Football, The 1975, Esperanza Spalding, Masego, Tom Misch, and even the cast of Sesame Street.
On Sunday (20/9), the anticipation reached a new peak as it was revealed that BTS are next line for a Tiny Desk concert for Monday (21/9). With the series transformed into Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts due to quarantine restrictions, we are expecting to see the performance straight from Korea.
In a tweet, NPR music writer Stephen Thompson shared that the group's guesting has been months in the making. That only left fans excitedly speculating what BTS will be doing, being well-known for their well-produced and dynamic sets and performances.
It's happening: @BTS_twt x NPR Music. https://t.co/AqLkwkvLbn pic.twitter.com/IjHFxmvE3R— NPR Music (@nprmusic) September 20, 2020
Will it be traditionally intimate, or spectacularly elaborate in true BTS fashion? We can only wait to find out. In the meantime, here are some performances you should watch, from the likes of Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Moses Sumney, and more:
Billie Eilish & Finneas
For many months now, NPR has been taking their Tiny Desk concerts home – but don't let what's behind Billie Eilish and FINNEAS fool you. What looks to be the familiar Tiny Desk backdrop is actually a convincing cardboard cutout of the space set up inside their home, supported by plywood as they perform stripped-down versions of 'my future' and 'everything i wanted'.
"So, obviously we are not actually at Tiny Desk because this is a cardboard cutout of it. But it's still real, it's just not in person real. But I'm honoured to be here. I've been watching these for years, we have both been watching them for years."
Phoebe Bridgers' fourth Tiny Desk concert is one to be remembered. Taking place in the White House's Oval Office, Bridgers soothingly presents three songs off her new album Punisher, namely 'Kyoto', 'Moon Song', and 'I Know The End' appropriately dressed in a blazer. Playing an acoustic guitar, the performance is not complete without her band members drummer Marshall Vore and guitarist Harrison Whitford, who also have their shades on.
Of course, this is all fulfilled with the magic of green screen, which drops away towards the end as the song picks up its pace. Watch until the end for a surprise.
Moses Sumney's newest album græ has articulated some thoughts and feelings we've all felt during this period of the pandemic, something he never thought would've so accurately aligned when it was still in its works. His remote performance, which takes on an artistic, vintage fog, delivers exceptional and soulful vocals with 'Bless Me', 'Me In 20 Years' and 'Polly', from what has been termed as one of the best albums of 2020.
Closing with 'Rank & File', a throwback to 2018, it's hard not to believe this is a haunting performance sent through the passage of time. There's even some comic relief courtesy of the man Sumney himself.
A quick getaway exists in the Tiny Desk concert delivered by Buscabulla, not quite at home but in the back of a van by the beach. With the sun setting against the sea, glide on lead vocalist Raquel Berrios' voice accompanied by the chilled beats from 'Mio', 'Nydia' and 'Club Tú y Yo', with Luis del Valle on the bass, LD Valentín on the keyboard and JD Matías on the drums.
Instead of risking safety concerns, Jacob Collier has enlisted four of himself to see his NPR Tiny Desk show through. As it turns out, the talented 24-year-old is not new to such a concept, for he has done the same for his Jimmy Kimmel performance and YouTube videos. In the four-piece band, Collier goes on to perform 'All I Need', 'Time Alone With You', and 'He Won't Hold You', all from Djesse Vol. 3.
Jacob Collier's Djesse World Tour is also taking on a fresh approach in light of the coronavirus. To be based on "ticket demand and excitement levels", fans are given an active part to play on deciding whether Jacob Collier will be stopping by their city.
Catch BTS' performance on NPR Tiny Desk when it premieres on 21 Sep, 8 PM (ID/TH Standard Time) or 9PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time) here: