Foxing cram behind the ‘Tiny Desk’ to perform for NPR

    Three cuts from their latest album, ‘Nearer My God.’

    Conor Murphy of Foxing at NPR's Tiny Desk concert
    Conor Murphy of Foxing. Image: NPR Music

    NPR has released their latest Tiny Desk concert featuring St Louis-based emo band Foxing, who tackled their performance with zeal.

    Most artists strip their songs down for the Tiny Desk, but Foxing, ever the champions of live orchestral instrumentation, brought on five session musicians to round out their sound with bass, keys, alto saxophone, viola and violin. That meant a total of nine people parked themselves behind the desk of NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

    Frontman Conor Murphy led the way, crooning and belting his way through three tracks from their 2018 album, Nearer My God. While the opener “Slapstick” leaned heavily on the string instruments for emotional gravity, Murphy shouldered the load in the closer “Grand Paradise.”

    NPR’s producers felt some trepidation having Foxing at the Tiny Desk, explaining that they were concerned about “how the band’s big sound would translate to such a (forgive us) tiny space.” Luckily, it all worked out swimmingly.

    Watch Foxing perform at the Tiny Desk: