British musician Tom Misch has us caught up in the beauty of his full-length debut Geography. He’s also been catching the ear of American audiences as he embarked on a Stateside tour this spring. During said tour, Mr. Misch also found the time to participate in the newly-revered tradition that is playing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. His appearance found the young music dynamo offering up two tracks from Geography as well as a standout from his EP Reverie for the Tiny Desk audience’s consumption.
Tom started things off with “It Runs Through Me,” a tribute to music and the way it courses through his veins. During the song, he brought out our main man Braxton Cook to deliver a skillful sax solo like only he can. After that delightful intro to the set, he offered up Reverie standout “I Wish,” a sunny, happy song that flows just as smoothly (if not smoother) in a live setting as it does on record thanks to his skilled three-piece band. He caps things off with the slow-burner “Movie.” One of the first releases from Geography, the slow-burning track sounds amazing in the live setting. It also shows off Tom’s singing style, which switches between talk-singing and something more melodic in style, as he lures the audience into the song’s beautiful arrangement.
After watching this Tiny Desk, you might find yourself in the mood to see him recreate the magic live on stage. If you’re in Europe, he’ll be embarking on a few dates there starting this weekend at Manchester’s Parklife Festival and continuing through the summer. Those of us in the States who missed out on his initial run of dates will get a chance to catch Tom Misch when he returns this fall. Check out Tom doing the damn thing during his Tiny Desk Concert and then head to his website to see when you can catch his live show in a city near you.