NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series may be based on the East Coast, but it still shows plenty of love to the West. Many Californians have graced the desk with their talent, including Raphael Saadiq, Thundercat and Tyler, The Creator. Now you can add California native son SiR to that list. The talented singer-songwriter recently took time out of his schedule to grace the desk with his laid-back brand of soul and a few tracks from his recent effort Chasing Summer.
He started things off with "The Recipe," a song that finds him sparing his lady future heartbreak by ending what they have now. It was a smooth start to his set and he kept it even smoother by segueing into "New Sky." This song was a perfect showcase for his band and especially his backing vocalists — which included Zyah Belle, his older brother Davion Farris and his beautiful mother Jacquelyn Farris. Jacquelyn took over the parts originally sung by Kadhja Bonet. The family vibe led to a somber note as SiR dedicated the next song, "Wires In The Way," to the memory of his godson who had sadly passed away. The emotion he was feeling contributed to the performance in a profound way, making the song's lyrics and melancholy melody all the more touching. Taking a slight break during the applause to check his emotions, he then switched gears for his last song "John Redcorn." His admitted favorite from the album, he started it off with a smile on his face despite the song's sad subject matter. Once done, he thanked the crowd as the room filled with applause.
Though his Summer Forever Tour has already wrapped up in the states, if you happen to live in Europe, you can hear SiR's smooth stylings up-close and personal when he hits Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and London later this month. Head to his website for more details and ticket info after you check him out at Tiny Desk right here.