Until The Ribbon Breaks: Tiny Desk Concert The band strips down its electronic sound with the aid of a spaghetti strainer and a paint bucket. Watch Until The Ribbon Breaks perform four songs from this year's A Lesson Unlearnt.

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Until The Ribbon Breaks

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The beauty of the Tiny Desk lies, at least partially, in the limitations of size and technology. We rarely amplify voices, for example, so for a band like Until The Ribbon Breaks, the challenge becomes how to take a loud electronic sound down to a volume where singer Pete Lawrie-Winfield can be heard. In this case, the solution involved a spaghetti strainer, a paint bucket and an acoustic guitar.

It wasn't easy for Until The Ribbon Breaks to devise new arrangements for tried-and-true songs like "Pressure," from its full-length debut A Lesson Unlearnt. But it worked, because the Cardiff band's dance beats are always secondary to strong melodies and songwriting.

Set List

  • "2025"
  • "Pressure"
  • "Until The Ribbon Breaks"
  • "Spark"

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Morgan McCloy, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Colin Marshall; photo by Colin Marshall/NPR

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