NPR’s Tiny Desk series has become one of the showpiece music gets for an artist these days. People’s careers have taken off or hit a new level from these. They allow artists to go for a more minimal approach to a performance and show how well some people can sing. These often are focused on singers, bands and rappers, but now a dance act is in the building (almost). Bonobo did a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert that was released today.
Bonobo didn’t head to the Washington D.C. NPR office to do his, but rather was in a different location. The performance was done from a warehouse in Nashville where his band was rehearsing for their tour, which is ongoing and I highly recommend.
The video opens with a very accurate miniature replication of Tiny Desk at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters built by Cheronda Scott of CSpykerMiniatures and Kat Williams of Real Life Miniatures.
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Bonobo plays bass and synths and is joined by Nicole Miglis & Jordan Rakei on vocals, Mike Lesirge on horns, Jonny Tomlinson on keys, Ewan Wallace on guitar and Jack Baker on drums.
They performed four songs from Bonobo’s new album Fragments: “Tides,” “Shadows,” “From You” and “Break Apart.” The performance is similar to his live show, but is a little more subdued and stripped back.
Watch the performance and get tickets to his tour here.