Son Lux: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Robin HIlton | April 28, 2021
Watch this stunning "home" Tiny Desk performance from Son Lux and you might conclude the band members live together in an all-white universe without walls or boundaries. But it's all an illusion. In fact, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, drummer Ian Chang and singer-keyboardist Ryan Lott, who started Son Lux as a solo project back in 2008, each shot their own, separate video with their iPhones, at different times, at their homes scattered across different states. So did the guest vocalists, Nina Moffitt and Kiah Victoria. Editor Evan Chapman then stitched all the videos together.
The effect is dizzying and sometimes disorienting as superimposed images flicker and warble over one another against Bhatia's skittering guitar lines. Everything is bent and a little off - intentionally, not because of the production challenges - and nothing sounds quite like you expect it to. Watch Bhatia's all-too-short solo on "Only" or Lott as he walks his fingers over the keys near the beginning of "Vacancy." Together - and alone - they've perfectly captured the upside-down world we've been living in this past year, where the lines between what's real and imagined are blurred, all sense of place fades into the ether and the normally predictable rhythms of life come undone.
The setlist for this performance includes a song from each of the band's last three albums, a trilogy released over the past eight months, called Tomorrows I, II and III.
Ryan Lott: vocals, synth
Rafiq Bhatia: guitar
Ian Chang: drums
Nina Moffitt: vocals
Kiah Victoria: vocals
Video: Evan Chapman, Four/Ten Media
Audio: Brandon Peralta and Ryan Lott
Mastering: Brandon Peralta
Guitars and Nina Moffitt's vocals recorded by Todd Carder at The Bunker Studio, New York. Drums recorded by Jeff Saenz at Modern Electric Sound Recorders, Dallas, Texas
Project Managers: Hannah Houser and Michael Kaufmann
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
#tinydesk #nprmusic #sonlux


  1. Film Form Autopsy 101
    Film Form Autopsy 101
    8 uur geleden

    It's just so... I don't know, can't find describe it but this feels good

  2. creativtools
    2 dagen geleden

    deep stuff that sounds fresh…love it

  3. Micaela Cabral
    Micaela Cabral
    2 dagen geleden

    I´m here for Ian Chang, THE drummer

  4. Mickey Baggett
    Mickey Baggett
    3 dagen geleden

    this is absolutely incredible. Son Lux... Time and time again. You bring me to a place of awe, fascination and a holy introspection. The best lyricist I know of.

  5. Sabre Jimmi
    Sabre Jimmi
    5 dagen geleden

    Oh wow this came on auto play, how beautiful and unique

  6. Moleboheng Legodi
    Moleboheng Legodi
    6 dagen geleden

    * idiosyncratic twerking *

  7. T R
    T R
    9 dagen geleden


  8. doelman
    9 dagen geleden

    Grooves 💯

  9. Paul Lombardi
    Paul Lombardi
    10 dagen geleden

    This is one of the most original Tiny Desks I've heard. Nicely done! I really enjoyed it.

    1. Paul Lombardi
      Paul Lombardi
      10 dagen geleden

      Great mixing and video editing too.

  10. Lasse Fernov
    Lasse Fernov
    10 dagen geleden

    Amazing! Also: shout out to an awesome editing job

  11. Lucas Castro
    Lucas Castro
    11 dagen geleden

    there is an add in the middle of the last song... please move it to the end or the begining, it is very annoying

  12. Ilya Golenko
    Ilya Golenko
    11 dagen geleden

    It's so good for you guys to have both Rafiq and Bhatia to play live! Jokes aside, Beatiful performance!

  13. Chorrell Piqué
    Chorrell Piqué
    12 dagen geleden

    Excellent for meditation and relaxation.

  14. Migle Vo
    Migle Vo
    12 dagen geleden

    I was blessed with opportunity o listen Son Lux in Lithuania, at LOFTAS back then and I loved it so much (of course I loved it before too:)). Thank you for this beautiful concert xoxo

  15. Dieter Onnen
    Dieter Onnen
    12 dagen geleden

    Geniales Schlagzeug!!!

  16. 이동건
    13 dagen geleden


  17. Sam & The Gravity
    Sam & The Gravity
    14 dagen geleden

    Only 42,830 views come on!!! This is Dope …so far the best session this year..Eventho listening for the 1st time this group..they absolutely deserve more attention

  18. Pascal
    14 dagen geleden

    Merci .)

  19. Yas Juez
    Yas Juez
    14 dagen geleden

    Omg thanks son lux!! Thanks for this,

  20. Hustle Wilson
    Hustle Wilson
    15 dagen geleden

    It's beautiful, but unsettling like the sight of violence. I can't stop watching!

  21. Live Jerusalem
    Live Jerusalem
    16 dagen geleden

    That's what we call a GOOD MORNING! Go check our newest live session and let us know what you think! @

  22. Anita P.
    Anita P.
    16 dagen geleden

    Wow. Such creative sounds and visuals. I'm into all of this. Thank you.

  23. Craig Pierce
    Craig Pierce
    16 dagen geleden

    This is fire 🔥👏

  24. jose balbuena
    jose balbuena
    16 dagen geleden

    simplemente hermoso

  25. J. Fudd
    J. Fudd
    16 dagen geleden

    I like that you’re doing editing from footage taken live. It’s a lot like a music video but still a live concert. This is a cool direction for music.

  26. Sébastien Juchs
    Sébastien Juchs
    16 dagen geleden

    This version of Vacancy is an absolute masterpiece.

  27. Николай Иванов
    Николай Иванов
    16 dagen geleden

    So cool

  28. dereinzigefreienick
    16 dagen geleden

    this is NOT a concert. i hope this won't be the future of the "home concert"-series.

    1. tomtomtom
      16 dagen geleden

      ever heard of covid

  29. Dieter Onnen
    Dieter Onnen
    17 dagen geleden


  30. Kuba Swiatek
    Kuba Swiatek
    17 dagen geleden

    Anyone know what guitar Rafiq is using?

  31. Abigail Alvarado
    Abigail Alvarado
    17 dagen geleden

    Yesss son lux!!!!

  32. annabrac
    17 dagen geleden

    Beautiful! Thank you! Hugs from Croatia!

  33. neonboy
    17 dagen geleden

    didnt play easy :(

  34. Aaron Shackelford
    Aaron Shackelford
    18 dagen geleden

    soo, soo good.

  35. Gabby Henderson
    Gabby Henderson
    18 dagen geleden

    Can’t wait to see them live again but this will have to do for now.

  36. EireneSarah
    18 dagen geleden

    3:12 the drums 😍

    18 dagen geleden

    This is just what I needed ❤🤘

  38. 12lovelyfe
    18 dagen geleden

    I am so happy I clicked on this! ✨🥰

  39. timothy kaparoff
    timothy kaparoff
    18 dagen geleden

    Thank you very much! 🤟❤️🙏

  40. Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchell
    18 dagen geleden

    Lol ! Blah . Blah . Blah ...

  41. No Signal Pictures
    No Signal Pictures
    18 dagen geleden

    This is a gift

  42. Audrey Wong
    Audrey Wong
    18 dagen geleden

    to yall complaining that this isn't like a "tiny desk" -- ever considered the fact that they live in different places and had to film this separately?

  43. Hustle Wilson
    Hustle Wilson
    18 dagen geleden

    Face melt.

  44. Dani Lublink
    Dani Lublink
    18 dagen geleden


  45. panz dewa
    panz dewa
    18 dagen geleden

    What..? Invited again? Oh man.. this is great. Your new album so awesome. I cant wait with your new project again, congratz son lux

  46. Santiago Brunati
    Santiago Brunati
    18 dagen geleden

    excelente! como siempre

  47. mateo12622
    18 dagen geleden


  48. Mike Lee
    Mike Lee
    18 dagen geleden

    Vacancy 😘😘😘😘😘😘

  49. Riedell Laughinghouse
    Riedell Laughinghouse
    18 dagen geleden

    Idk where tf this group came from but this is amazing music

  50. Pedro Sousa
    Pedro Sousa
    18 dagen geleden

    Not tiny. Not a desk.not a concert. =(

  51. Daniel Kim
    Daniel Kim
    18 dagen geleden

    Listening at x2 makes Son Lux sound like a new style of pop.

  52. dequalsmc2
    18 dagen geleden

    Can we give this band and these albums all the Grammy’s please.

  53. Fernando Lehovec
    Fernando Lehovec
    18 dagen geleden

    Just in Time

  54. Jonathan Ogden
    Jonathan Ogden
    18 dagen geleden

    Love Son Lux! This is magnificent.

  55. Savara Savara
    Savara Savara
    18 dagen geleden


  56. Rick Malchow
    Rick Malchow
    18 dagen geleden

    What a novel approach to a groove. I'm not yet sure I like it, but I wholly applaud the effort.

    18 dagen geleden

    who came for Carlinhos Maia da liked there

  58. Pete
    18 dagen geleden


  59. Jack Hallauer
    Jack Hallauer
    18 dagen geleden

    What a beautiful performance. Wow. Everything about this is great. The instrumentals, the vocals, the editing. Everything is just perfect.

  60. Robert Ogage
    Robert Ogage
    18 dagen geleden

    Not good and I now unsubscribe from this channel

  61. Robert Ogage
    Robert Ogage
    18 dagen geleden

    This one not for me

  62. Arq. Guillermo Duran
    Arq. Guillermo Duran
    18 dagen geleden

    ya'll look more like architects than musicians, lol

  63. Stephanie Aguirre
    Stephanie Aguirre
    18 dagen geleden

    Those drums sound so hmmmh pleasing and delicious 🥰

  64. Laurent Ponce
    Laurent Ponce
    18 dagen geleden

    The beauty... I got into Son Lux from his collaborative project with Sufjan Stevens (Sysiphus), and since then, got hooked. These guys live in a parallel dimension when only pure musical poetry is allowed. Not sure they’d be fun at parties, but they surely make our own, limited, frustrating, boring and frightful dimension a better place.

  65. Greatmindsthinkalike
    18 dagen geleden

    Can I just say, this is what music is about, creative sounds, unique!

  66. Octapez
    18 dagen geleden

    Ian ***** Chang!!

  67. Dystack Lingerie
    Dystack Lingerie
    18 dagen geleden

    Show canal top

  68. Aran Fatih
    Aran Fatih
    18 dagen geleden

    100% glasses 100% talent

    1. Na Anna
      Na Anna
      18 dagen geleden

      100% true 😂

  69. Aran Fatih
    Aran Fatih
    18 dagen geleden

    The video production is top-notch, and Son Lux are elite as always

  70. Clem Moudiongui
    Clem Moudiongui
    18 dagen geleden

    Step 1: Plug high -end headphones Step 2: Press play Step 3: Transcend into the space-time continuum

  71. 80th Tasties
    80th Tasties
    18 dagen geleden

    mesmerizing performance - thx!!! cheers from germany!

  72. Raymond Lawson
    Raymond Lawson
    18 dagen geleden


  73. servant of THE MOST HIGH
    servant of THE MOST HIGH
    18 dagen geleden

    What is this??? A Portishead revamp????😞😞😞

  74. Ian Johnson
    Ian Johnson
    18 dagen geleden

    I haven’t been able to catch them live yet so this Tiny Desk really showed off their artistry in a way I haven’t seen yet. I loved every second

    1. Liam Crittenden
      Liam Crittenden
      17 dagen geleden

      You also need to check out their live stuff with Woodkid. There’s a video of them playing “Easy” with Woodkid, accompanied by an orchestra, and its fantastic.

    2. Liam Crittenden
      Liam Crittenden
      17 dagen geleden

      Check out their “Live from Lincoln Hall” stuff. All professionally recorded and shot. I personally think it’s some of their best work.

  75. Mario Godoy
    Mario Godoy
    18 dagen geleden

    Son Lux is excellent as always! But I have to shout out this video editing. Beautiful work!

  76. Philippe Haettel
    Philippe Haettel
    18 dagen geleden

    There was a vacancy in music and then came Son Lux!

  77. Maria Liyungu
    Maria Liyungu
    18 dagen geleden

    Yessssssssss "this moment changes everything" ❤❤❤❤❤❤

    1. Moleboheng Legodi
      Moleboheng Legodi
      6 dagen geleden


  78. Joe Choi
    Joe Choi
    18 dagen geleden

    Some things still don’t disappoint like the amazing musicianship of Son Lux and the sound of a SM57 on a snare. ✨🔥

  79. Eduardo Hernandez
    Eduardo Hernandez
    18 dagen geleden

    The keys and melodies played are luring, great show, thank you 🔥

  80. Ashley Elizabeth Green
    Ashley Elizabeth Green
    18 dagen geleden

    They took tiny desk to another level.. LOVE IT. I APPROVE

  81. Yazazen
    18 dagen geleden

    Dirty Projectors inspired?

  82. Son Lux
    Son Lux
    18 dagen geleden

    Thank you, NPR and friends, for inviting us back to play for you and to create our own unique Tiny Desk experience. 🖤

    1. Moleboheng Legodi
      Moleboheng Legodi
      6 dagen geleden

      * alternative monochrome twerking *

    2. caniboii
      17 dagen geleden

      This is aesthatically as pleasing as it is musically. Son Lux cuts deeper with its unique sound than no other. You guys are wholeheartedly appreciated! Your music is like medicine for the soul ❤️

    3. Kuba Swiatek
      Kuba Swiatek
      17 dagen geleden

      What guitar is Rafiq using here?

    4. Reginald Carter
      Reginald Carter
      18 dagen geleden

      That vibe though!!! Crazy!!

    5. Rogelio Camargo
      Rogelio Camargo
      18 dagen geleden

      Cheers from mexico!! Interesting music.

  83. Etheline Chalmers
    Etheline Chalmers
    18 dagen geleden


  84. Marcelo Gómez Chorus
    Marcelo Gómez Chorus
    18 dagen geleden

    khe? play!!

  85. CharlesD
    18 dagen geleden

    Loved the music but didn't like the music video vibe. I better like setups like Lake Street Dive which embodies what Tiny desk concerts are about.

  86. Thomas Naderer
    Thomas Naderer
    18 dagen geleden

    waited waaaay to long for this one. and it is as astonishing as i thought. amazing work!

  87. Jacob Collazo
    Jacob Collazo
    18 dagen geleden

    For all the new Ian Chang (drummer) fans out there, he also plays a killer set with the band Landlady in their Tiny Desk. Worth checking out

    1. Ian Chang
      Ian Chang
      7 dagen geleden

      Appreciate the love!! For a real throwback, check out father figures’ tiny desk. That video helped convince Ryan to invite me on the Lanterns tour.

    2. Joseph Pollack
      Joseph Pollack
      15 dagen geleden

      everything that dude touches is gold

    3. Josh Rogosin
      Josh Rogosin
      16 dagen geleden

      totally agree!

    4. Octapez
      18 dagen geleden

      Also check Belonging - Ian Chang, and Adult Baby - KAZU, there he plays with Kazu Makino.

  88. Gonzalo Molinari
    Gonzalo Molinari
    18 dagen geleden

    is the drummer beatboxing ?

  89. Brandon Peralta
    Brandon Peralta
    18 dagen geleden

    So proud of this one!! Congrats all!!

  90. SIR HERO7
    18 dagen geleden

    This shi@ sounds horrible!

    1. tomtomtom
      18 dagen geleden


  91. 설마린seolmarine
    18 dagen geleden


  92. Daria Electra
    Daria Electra
    18 dagen geleden

    Just beautiful

  93. Joe
    18 dagen geleden


    18 dagen geleden

    yessssssssss pleaseeeeeeeeeee that grooveeee maaaaaaaannn

  95. Jennifer Merlyn
    Jennifer Merlyn
    18 dagen geleden

    oh to lay on the floor and listen to this with closed eyes

    1. not a CPU
      not a CPU
      16 dagen geleden

      lie on the floor*

  96. Phillip Bost
    Phillip Bost
    18 dagen geleden

    Impressive editing throughout

    1. Jesse Baptiste
      Jesse Baptiste
      18 dagen geleden

      I think it takes away from the original tiny desk concept but heyy... I enjoyed this.

  97. Sofia Islas
    Sofia Islas
    18 dagen geleden

    stunning 💫

  98. thomas moraes
    thomas moraes
    18 dagen geleden

    this drums are so sick

    1. Marc Behrens
      Marc Behrens
      17 dagen geleden

      in a good or bad way?

  99. January
    19 dagen geleden

    Very creative...

  100. Meditation and Study Music
    Meditation and Study Music
    19 dagen geleden

    This is lovely, thank you for sharing! You are great, i hope you find happieness, you deserve all good things