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Lewis Capaldi: Tiny Desk Concert

"I just wanted to take a moment before we start to say — lower your expectations," Lewis Capaldi told the audience before his Tiny Desk performance. He then immediately launched into a beautifully crafted, vocally stunning four piece set.

Beginning with a special arrangement of "Before You Go," Capaldi was flanked by a full band, including two horns — something new for the Scottish singer. His second song, "Wish You the Best," is the latest, Capaldi-style heartbreaking single from his upcoming album Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent. Capaldi joked that he didn't have much to say about the exclusive premiere of his next song, "Heavenly Kind of State of Mind," describing it solely as simply being three minutes long.

If you didn't know anything about Capaldi before watching his Tiny Desk, the self-deprecating humor mixed in between gut-wrenching vocal ballads will quickly catch you up to speed. Capaldi had NPR's audience in tears, both from laughing at sexually suggestive jokes about the size of the Desk and lyrics about the complexities of moving on after a relationship ends. "What happens now?" Capaldi asked the Tiny Desk team as he wrapped up "Someone You Loved," the final song of his set. Time to put the video on repeat and grab a tissue box.

SET LIST

  • "Before You Go"
  • "Wish You The Best"
  • "Heavenly Kind of State of Mind"
  • "Someone You Loved"
  • MUSICIANS

  • Lewis Capaldi: vocals, guitar
  • Aiden Halliday: piano
  • Freddy Sheed: drums
  • Aidan Beattie: bass, keys
  • Andy Black: guitar
  • Matt Owens: trumpet, keys
  • Reginald Chapman: trombone
  • CREDITS

  • Producer: Jill Britton
  • Director/Editor: Sofia Seidel
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin 
  • Creative Director: Bob Boilen 
  • Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Sofia Seidel, Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Audio Assistant: Brian Jarboe 
  • Production Assistant: Pilar Galván
  • Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Maia Stern, Hazel Cills, Marissa Lorusso, Ashley Pointer, Pilar Galván
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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    Jill Britton