In conjunction with the volume two release of his epic album project called Djesse, multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier recently stopped by the NPR offices to perform three of the record's strongest tunes, including one written especially for this Tiny Desk Concert. Watch the video above.
Compared to the large orchestral music found on Djesse Vol. 1, songs on the second volume exude intimacy and closeness through sparse acoustic instrumentation. This style fits perfectly into the cozy Tiny Desk space, and shows a side often unseen in Collier's high-energy live concerts.
"Make Me Cry" opens the 20-minute set with an introspective look into the relationship between nature and human experience, as Collier and his band look to be totally at peace. They follow with "Feel," a neo-soul ballad that highlights the voices of fellow singers Marianna Secca and Becca Stevens. Collier closes the set on a fun note with a song inspired specifically by the Tiny Desk Concert, the upbeat "It Don't Matter." Collier asks the audience to join in for the final chorus, and one can't help but sing along and feel like a part of Collier's musical world.
Djesse Vol. 2 is available on Amazon and other streaming services.
For concert tickets and more, check out Jacob Collier's Zumic artist page.
Musicians: Jacob Collier: vocals, piano, guitar, bass, melodica, cymbal; Becca Stevens: vocals, acoustic guitar, charango; Christian Euman: vocals, drums, percussion; Mariana Secca: vocals, acoustic guitar, keys; Robin Mullarkey: vocals, bass, percussion
Producers: Colin Marshall, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Beck Harlan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR