By now you should know that water cooler conversations at NPR are often soundtracked by a stellar vocalist backed by a live band courtesy of their occasional Tiny Desk Concerts. When Moses Sumney was in Washington, D.C. recently, he joined a growing list of artists who have stopped by to showcase their talent at NPR Music's ongoing series. The crooner, who released his debut full-length album, Aromanticism, back in September, performed a few tracks and also brought his endearing awkwardness and vulnerability along.
Moses kicked his performance off in an unlikely place -- seated at an upright piano situated in front of a sunlit window -- instead of in Bob Boilen's world-famous cubicle. There, he tickled the ivories and sang the magic that is his song "Doomed." After a couple minutes, Moses stood up and sauntered over the to the cube where he performed the rest of "Doomed," lost in the music with his eyes closed. Before he shifted into "Quarrel," the enigmatic singer made small talk and referred to his singing as "noise," hoping it didn't set off anyone's printer. Despite his humility, based on the performance, we're pretty confident NPR staff were happy to have his music floating through the office. Accompanied by guitar, horns and harpist Brandee Younger, Moses then performed "Quarrel," hitting every note effortlessly. He ended the hypnotic set with "Plastic," performing the song solo, armed with just a guitar and his sense of humor as he pretended to crumble into the floor when he was done.
If you'd like to get more of the Moses Sumney live experience for yourself, he'll embark on a tour that touches down in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia early next year, so be sure to visit his website for dates and ticket info. Watch this Bounce-Worthy alum charm NPR's Tiny Desk right here and don't be surprised if you watch his performance an unhealthy number of times.