It seems that we’re finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the pandemic. That means that we could be experiencing live music in person sooner rather than later. While we cautiously get our hopes up, we still have things like NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert Series to scratch our live music itch. The latest edition of the famed series features none other than Xavier Omär, who took the time to bring the online audience selections from his recent album if You Feel.
Xavier started his four-song set off with his cut “Like I Feel.” The slow cut, originally a duet with Mereba, was the perfect way to start things off. The jazzy instrumentation from his band and the silky sounds of his backing vocalist captured the track’s loving sentiment and set the tone for what was to come. He followed that with “Blind Man,” which is from his project The Everlasting Wave. The track, about loving what the eyes can’t see, continued the loving vibes while adding a bit of bounce to the proceedings. He then brought out the goggles, showing off his sense of humor before giving us a live rendition of “SURF” meant to get us all moving. He ended the set with “So Much More,” which he called “the wedding song of the year.” It’s easy to see why he considers the song such, as his reverence, respect and love for women is immediately apparent in the tender lyrics and his powerful vocals.
This performance marked the first time that Xavier Omär graced the Tiny Desk, but we have a feeling that he’ll be coming back for more in the coming years. Check him out doing his thing when you press play.