Harry Styles: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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  • Published on: 23 March 2020
  • This performance was recorded on February 25, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    Watch Harry Styles play "Cherry", "Watermelon Sugar", "To Be So Lonely" and "Adore You" at the Tiny Desk.

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    March 16, 2020 | Lyndsey McKenna and Marissa Lorusso -- Like many who have graced the Tiny Desk before him, the awkwardness of performing in a working office wasn't lost on Harry Styles. "It just feels like you're in the way," he joked. But when you watch his set from behind Bob Boilen's desk, you'd never suspect any discomfort.

    Backed by his touring band, Styles performed several songs from his latest solo album, Fine Line. Between tracks, he talked about the process of writing these songs: From the day off in Nashville that led to "Watermelon Sugar," to the feeling of lovesickness he tried to capture in "Adore You." The camaraderie between the band was clear; and Styles was in on the joy, twirling in his seat between verses.

    Styles might not necessarily be the first name that comes to mind when you think of public radio's only working, desk-music-discovery platform. After all, he's got a wildly devoted fanbase that's followed his every move since his One Direction days. In fact, before soundcheck had even started, a crowd of fans had begun to gather outside NPR HQ. They rightly suspected he would be playing a Tiny Desk concert after word got out that the former One Directioner was spotted in D.C. with no tour date on his public schedule.

    But beyond the headlines, Styles has proven to be an artist who takes his songcraft and aesthetic seriously, interested in subverting expectations of what a pop star can and should sound like in 2020. That sense of unpretentious creativity is exactly what he brought to his Tiny Desk performance – and it definitely earned him some new adoring public radio fans in the process.

    "I have to come into NPR more often," Styles said after he and his band played their first song. "It's nice here."

    We — and our massive crowd of colleagues — couldn't agree more.

    SET LIST
    "Cherry"
    "Watermelon Sugar"
    "To Be So Lonely"
    "Adore You"

    MUSICIANS
    Harry Styles: vocals, guitar; Sarah Jones: drums, vocals; Mitch Rowland: guitar; Adam Prendergast: bass, vocals; Ny Oh: guitar, vocals; Charlotte Clark: piano, Wurlitzer, guitar, vocals

    CREDITS
    Producers: Robin Hilton, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Kara Frame, CJ Riculan, Melany Rochester, Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Max Posner/NPR
  • Runtime : 19:14
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COMMENTS: 40

  • Júlia Faria
    Júlia Faria   2 hours ago

    Taylor Swift's album "Lover" in the back hahah

  • ANNI3
    ANNI3   3 hours ago

    2:51 THAT LITTLE SMILE

  • B .lima
    B .lima   5 hours ago

    this is just my to-watch youtube video evryday, every time <3

  • Jordana Furcht
    Jordana Furcht   7 hours ago

    How did I not know about how talented and charming he is? I love his band too and all his jewelry and his dimples!

  • Marvin
    Marvin   8 hours ago

    Doctor: you got a just 20 minutes of life Me:

  • Fabiana Quintero
    Fabiana Quintero   10 hours ago

    It is what it is . There's something that you wanna to tell us.

  • Louis styles
    Louis styles   13 hours ago

    yall are really sleeping on the beautiful girl in the backround! the talent..so underrated.

  • Xavier Wolf
    Xavier Wolf   13 hours ago

    Anyone else getting Fleetwood Mac vibes?

  • T.
    T.   15 hours ago

    Did Harry always sound Australian or is this a new thing?

  • Z Taft
    Z Taft   1 days ago

    Watermelon Sugar is so cool.

  • Gungun Malani
    Gungun Malani   1 days ago

    Harrrryyyyyyyy😆🙈💞💞💞💞💞💞P.s that lady back there ruined it. Harry's solo would have been much much better. No offense but it's true:/

  • Amy Mori
    Amy Mori   1 days ago

    'She' deserves to be on this list 🥺🥺

  • Finley McClure
    Finley McClure   2 days ago

    i have memorized all of his note changes in his songs and its honestly scary to me

  • Alessandra Smith
    Alessandra Smith   2 days ago

    Banter is a highly underrated talent and it was used very well.

  • jacey madden
    jacey madden   3 days ago

    ummm... taylor swifts album is right behind harry..😳

  • MJ Karwal
    MJ Karwal   3 days ago

    Nice job, Harry! You've surrounded yourself with an amazing and awesomely talented bunch of musicians! Continued success to you all.

  • Dani Weaver
    Dani Weaver   3 days ago

    Here for my fourth consecutive day :')

  • Koyena Das
    Koyena Das   3 days ago

    This is by far the best thing I've ever seen♥️♥️

  • Mihika Sathe
    Mihika Sathe   3 days ago

    You know take me has to be the best thing he's every said.

  • Watermelon Sugar
    Watermelon Sugar   3 days ago

    I’m pretty sure if harry’s mic is wireless and handheld, he’d just make full turns with that chair nonstop while singing and honestly...who wouldn’t want that?

  • Toby Hart
    Toby Hart   3 days ago

    You can't beat the little drummer girl in the band. She's naturally cute. Plus she got rhythm. Who could ask for anything more?

  • TPWK _HS
    TPWK _HS   3 days ago

    I love the background I definitely love Harry no need to say