We love NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. They are crucibles of authenticity that can augment or impair an artists' creative reputation. T-Pain's immense talent shines to a world that only knows him as the king of Auto-Tune. Banks couldn't cut it. Chance The Rapper staged a showcase of reasons to love him more. It keeps coming.
Artists shine and others don't, either way this series is some of the best musical entertainment on the web and continues to cement NPR's position as the authentic voice of music in America.
The latest episode features Florence + the Machine crowded like everyone else around someone's cubicle in NPR's offices. Everything about Florence Welch on tour is larger than life. Her live performances are constantly marked by their epic-ness. Flowing dresses, wind machines on high and soaring vocals are hallmarks of the band's stage shows. Florence dances so hard and jumps around she has broken bones in the name of a great show.
This performance gets to the heart of a different Florence, the quiet shy woman of immense talent who can transport you with a naked microphone. She performs "June" and "Patricia" from her new album "High As Hope." The are good but the show stopper is "Ship To Wreck" from her 2016 album "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful."
Florence appears to go some place else entirely and the song consumes her. This gave us chills to watch.