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Tiny Desk (House) Live performance : NPR

This 12 months, NPR Music is celebrating Black Music Month with an array of name new Tiny Desk concert events — each from residence and from behind our beloved Desk. Collectively, these artists signify the previous, current and way forward for Black music. This month of fastidiously curated reveals is a celebration of Black artists expressing themselves in methods we have by no means seen earlier than, and of the Tiny Desk’s distinctive manner of showcasing that expertise.

To see her is to understand a uncommon portrait. To observe her dance and listen to her sing is to fall, entranced, into an uncanny haze. Each snake and its charmer, British Jamaican multidisciplinary artist FKA twigs is a new-age priestess. Surrounded by flames of providing within the hallowed halls of London’s St. Matthias Church, the Grammy-nominated artist and her three-piece supporting band ship a sermon on the perils of devotion. In her three-song Tiny Desk (residence) live performance — that includes soul-baring ballads like “residence with you” and “cellophane” — she honors the power of vulnerability; her operatic soprano ignites and delivers catharsis.

After working as a backup dancer with hopes of transitioning to singing, FKA twigs launched two EPs earlier than reaching widespread essential acclaim together with her debut studio album, 2014’s LP1, and its lead single, “Two Weeks.” A classically skilled singer, FKA twigs makes music that blends deceptively demure vocals with otherworldly trip-hop beats. She perfected this signature avant-garde sound on her sophomore album, 2019’s MAGDALENE, establishing herself as a direct musical descendent of iconic innovators like Kate Bush and Janet Jackson. Contemporary off the success of her current mixtape, CAPRISONGS, FKA Twigs blesses viewers with a efficiency of her newest track, “killer.”


  • “residence with you”
  • “killer”
  • “cellophane”


  • FKA twigs: vocals
  • Kelly Nicole Moran: piano 
  • Damsel Elysium: double bass, violin
  • Lucinda Chua: cello


  • Director: Aidan Zamiri
  • Producer: Aidan Robert Brooks 
  • Government Producer: Morgan Clement 
  • PA: Fluer
  • Director of Pictures: Jake Hunter 
  • AC: George Energy
  • AC: Mac Christie
  • Gaffer: Alex Cullen
  • Spark: Ben Alder
  • Artwork Director: Alan Scott
  • Artwork Assistant: Tasneem Elnayal
  • Music Director: Bubbleman
  • Sound Engineer: Johnny Williams
  • Artistic Producer: Pia Ashcroft


  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video Producer: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Animation: Kaz Fantone
  • Tiny Manufacturing Staff: Bob Boilen, Kara Body, Michael Zamora, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


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