Blind Pilot: Tiny Desk Concert The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

Tiny Desk

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot and the Tiny Desk series both launched in the same year, 2008, so it's hard to comprehend how the two hadn't converged until now: The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

Fortunately, that sound has bloomed considerably since Blind Pilot's beginnings, coinciding with the group's expansion from a duo to a sextet. It's certainly expansive enough to fill the air in this graceful performance of four songs from And Then Like Lions, on which singer Israel Nebeker issues a series of elegant, thoughtful reflections on how we interact with the past. The album's arrangements are incredibly rich, but they're also a perfect match for the organic, sonically uncluttered setting the Tiny Desk was designed to provide.

And Then Like Lions is available now (iTunes) (Amazon).

Set List

  • "Umpqua Rushing"
  • "Packed Powder"
  • "Don't Doubt"
  • "Joik #3"


Credits

Producers: Stephen Thompson, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Neil Tevault; Videographers: Niki Walker, Morgan McCloy, Nicole Boliaux; Production Assistant: Jenny Gathright; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Tiny Desk

Sa-Roc plays a Tiny Desk (Home) concert. NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR/NPR

Sa-Roc (Home) Concert

The Washington D.C. rapper and Rhymesayers signee debuts two songs from her upcoming album, The Sharecropper's Daughter.

Hadestown plays a Tiny Desk concert (Kisha Ravi/NPR). Kisha Ravi/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Kisha Ravi/NPR

Hadestown

The cast and musicians of the hit Broadway musical Hadestown pack into the Tiny Desk for a truly glorious performance of its greatest songs.

Lara Downes NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR/NPR

Lara Downes (Home) Concert

Watch the pianist reimagine old spirituals and songs of freedom that continue to resonate in new ways.

D Smoke plays a Tiny Desk Home concert. NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR/NPR

D Smoke (Home) Concert

Watch D Smoke perform a riveting Tiny Desk (home) concert.

Wire plays a Tiny Desk concert. Kisha Ravi/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Kisha Ravi/NPR

Wire

More than 40 years after forming, the British post-punk pioneers finally visited the Tiny Desk.

Clem Snide with Scott Avett play a Tiny Desk (Home) concert. NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR/NPR

Clem Snide With Scott Avett (Home) Concert

Clem Snide and Scott Avett play spiritually searching songs from Forever Just Beyond while maintaining social distancing for their Tiny Desk (home) concert.

Buddy and Kent Jamz play a Tiny Desk (Home) concert. NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR/NPR

Buddy And Kent Jamz (Home) Concert

The two rappers perform tracks from their joint mixtape Janktape Vol. 1 for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.

Sylvan Esso plays a Tiny Desk (Home) concert. NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR

Sylvan Esso (Home) Concert

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn perform three songs from their couch for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.

Lankum plays a Tiny Desk concert. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Bob Boilen/NPR

Lankum

The award-winning Irish quartet performs three songs from its latest album, The Livelong Day, at the Tiny Desk.

Back To Top