OK, so it’s September already. How did that happen?
It’s been a delirious few months of staying at home, drinking endless pots of tea, re-discovering who we are and realising what it is that truly makes us happy.
At We Are Soul, the music we’ve surrounded ourselves with has kept us going. Music has the power to unearth emotions in you that you never knew you had. A natural dopamine and serotonin fix, it’s been scientifically proven that music actually does make you happy.
We wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t share the music that has helped us over these past few months. Here’s 5 of our favourite Tiny Desk Concerts that have gotten us through quarantine.
Let us know if you vibe with them too!
1. TANK & THE BANGAS
You’ve woken up feeling low and sluggish and need a serious pick me up. Quarantine is really getting to you today and you know there’s only one thing than can pull you out of your spiralling despair:
Energy and passion fused with emotional and hard-hitting lyrics is what you’re in need of, and we have just the thing for you. Look no further than New Orleans soul set up Tank & The Bangas.
Literally a performance rollercoaster, (fittingly the title of their last number) that you can’t help but smile and bop to. We recommend this Tiny Desk for whatever mood you’re in!
2. ALICIA KEYS
Yet another weekend has come around and it’s time to lay back with a glass of wine and contemplate the future.
Cue Alicia Keys’ Tiny Desk concert soaring elegantly throughout the house. Her spoken word interludes and calming energy is perfect for a lazy Sunday; your visions of the future morphing themselves into feelings of love and optimism.
It’ll almost feel like you’re in the room with her, and let’s face it, we could all do with a cosy live music session right about now.
3. ANDERSON .PAAK
You’re lazing around in your garden on a sunny quarantine afternoon. You place Anderson .Paak & The Free National’s Tiny Desk concert on through your speakers and life is good again.
There are no clouds to be seen and it’s just you, the universe and those silky vocals in Heart Don’t Stand a Chance. You’re taken away to a dream land where that special someone is waiting longingly for you.
With juicy drum fills, impressive piano solos and a performance that feels as though it’s been wrapped in velvet; this Tiny Desk can be paired with a cocktail or two and a whole load of sunshine.
4. ERYKAH BADU
You’re dreaming of the day you and your favourite festivals are reacquainted. You’re envisioning the flower crowns, the tie dye and the fabulous humans you meet and never forget. You imagine yourself dancing through the night in fairy lit forests and you’ve never felt so free.
As much as we crave these moments, they are still so out of reach.
We can offer you the next best thing, though: Erykah Badu and her Tiny Desk concert. A true fairytale character, she is the embodiment of a forest fairy casting love spells to all who seek her.
It’s a rainy Monday evening in quarantine. You’re sat by your window drinking tea and reading Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’.
Noname’s verbal flow is soothing your ears in the background and her vulnerability resonates with you like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.
A Tiny Desk that we can’t let you live without; you’ll find yourself lusting for more once those 15 minutes are over.