-by Libby Sutherland, Violet Wave Staff-
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are the best way to hear a stripped down version of your favourite artist in an intimate space (aka at Bob Boilen’s desk). The series began in 2008 and generally uploads two concerts per week. Needless to say, there is a ton of good content and talent to enjoy.
2018 was a big year for Tiny Desk, NPR showcased upcoming talents such as Daniel Caeser and gave us a performance to remember from Mac Miller. We’ve decided to compile a list of some of our favourites that we wouldn’t want you to miss.
Born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Saudi Arabia, and now living in LA, Azniv Korkejian calls herself “Bedouine” to reflect the wanderer and traveller within her. For fans of Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens and Leonard Cohen, in this Tiny Desk, Bedouine plays some songs off of her first album released in 2017.
Favourite comment: “What a beautiful performance, simple but captivating, and she has a voice like warm sunshine!”
Rhye’s musicality and use of candles (lots of candles) transforms Bob Boilen’s Tiny Desk into a warm and even more intimate music venue to perfectly complement his smooth and sultry voice. For fans of James Blake, Blood Orange or Leon Bridges.
Favourite comment: “NPR- “How Many candles do you want?” Rhye- “yes.”
3. Naia Izumi
Favourite comment: “There are days when I think I play the guitar, and then there are days when I realize that I just own a guitar. This is one of those days.”
5 time Grammy nominated R&B musician on the come up, H.E.R. is super talented with big chops. For fans for Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Anderson Paak.
Favourite comment: “Is it normal to watch this every day?”
Mostly instrumental, Texas-based and Thai-inspired funk and soul band is doing something completely original, and doing it really, really well. For fans of good music (because it’s hard to compare it to anything at all).
Favourite comment: “How do you listen to other stuff after hearing this?”