COVID-19’s self-isolation panic is starting to kick in here at Syrup HQ. We’ve stockpiled cans of beans, plenty of memes, necessary *ahem* entertainment and Donald Glover’s secret new album, ready for the two week’s worth of solitude. But, something was missing.
That something? A beautiful video of our future husband (and comfy sweater-wearing-king) Harry Styles serenading us with songs from his new album Fine Line.
Not only is it just what the doctor ordered, but my good pals, our best boy visited the NPR HQ in Washington, D.C. for a special Tiny Desk Concert performance and delivered the goods.
Just in time for the cabin fever to kick in.
I Love You, Bitch, I Ain’t Ever Gonna Stop Loving You, Bitch
In the performance, held behind Bob Boilen’s iconic tiny desk at NPR’s Washington, D.C. base that’s seen the likes of Taylor Swift, Chance the Rapper, Florence + The Machine and more, our resident pop king and Syrup fave Harry Styles sings four songs from his 2019 Fine Line album.
Joined by the bandmates from his current Love on Tour, Styles was dressed in a wonderfully wooly and whimsical blue jumper, cheeky infectious grin and voice that could soothe even a swarm of killer bees. Or, ya know, our coronavirus fears.
Beginning with the wholesome acoustic sounds of “Cherry,” Styles goes through the best tracks on his new Prince and ‘80s rock-inspired album, including “Watermelon Sugar,” “Falling,” and “Adore You.”
And, of course, he continues to make our hearts swoon between tracks with the stories behind the songs, reminding us just how much we wuv him.
For “Watermelon Sugar,” Styles said he came up with the song on a day off in Nashville, Texas in the U.S. in 2017. Working with the guys behind his debut album, they had composed a catchy choral line and needed a name. From there, Styles looked around the studio and found a copy of U.S. poet Richard Brautigan’s Watermelon Sugar on the table.
Truly, a poetic musical king.
“Watermelon Sugar is kinda about the initial […] euphoria when you start seeing someone or you start sleeping with someone, just being around someone and you have that excitement about them… you know, when you like someone?”
Bless his heart.
You can watch the full video and experience your own version of “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You” again and again below.
And, because we can’t get enough of them, here’s some of our personal fave Tiny Desk Concert videos
Styles’ Tiny Desk Concert performance is the perfect excuse for us to mention some of our all time favourite sets in NPR’s live music series.
First off, our Canadian sword-wielding queen Carly Rae Jepsen being utterly adorable and fun singing tracks from her Dedicated album.
Then there’s Moonchild and their set, an oral imagination of smooth low-fi jazzy sounds and walking through the streets of a sparkly cityscape at midnight.
At least once a month I go back to this video of Lizzo. When she sings the outro to “Cuz I Love You?” I fucking felt that. Gave me chills thinking about when I saw her at FOMO tbh.
For something a little more upbeat and high energy, please enjoy my girls funky J-Pop quatro CHAI.
And, of course, my other husband Tyler, The Creator, Daniel Caesar, DVSN, Blood Orange and H.E.R for all of your soulful purple-tinted room RnB and rap cravings.
I don’t know what it is but I am a sucker for a deep and inviting lead vocal, glowing bisexual mood lighting, slow jams and backing female vocals. Oof.
If you’ve been living under a rock and are not aware, Harry Styles is coming to Australia, and we are about to mcfucking lose it. Officially.