Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

When 2023’s Tiny Desk Contest winner Little Moon arrived at NPR, outward expressions of pleasure overshadowed the internal bundle of nerves this Springville, Utah band felt. The group’s profitable tune, “marvel eye,” unanimously wowed our contest judges Sharon Van Etten, Child Rose, Sudan Archives and Albina Cabrera. Tiny Desk senior producer Bobby Carter and I, additionally judges, have been in awe listening to singer Emma Hardyman’s 4-octave voice warming up behind the Desk. She and her husband, Nathan Hardyman, advised NPR’s All Issues Thought-about host Ari Shapiro that they started writing “marvel eye” whereas Nathan’s mom was in hospice care, and that he wrote the lyrics quickly after she handed. “‘marvel eye’ incorporates the concept of a number of deaths,” Emma shared. “I believe it took the bodily loss of life to assist us understand that loss of life is de facto taking place on a regular basis — be it previous variations of ourselves, previous held beliefs, previous judgments even. And to that extent, we’re all the time grieving as effectively, which was additionally eye-opening.”

With out displays or vocal amplification, one of many hardest issues for a band to do when enjoying at my Desk is to get the steadiness and sound ranges proper. Emma and Nathan, joined by bandmates Bly Wallentine on bass, Bridget Jackson on harp, Chris Shemwell on drums and Grace Johnson on keys, all just about nailed it. The band’s set, which incorporates two unreleased songs (recorded for a brand new album), shows a variety of emotion and creativity with a promising future. The group shall be hitting the highway as a part of the Tiny Desk Contest tour, so if Little Moon is coming to your city, come and listen to this band’s distinctive sound.


  • “marvel eye”
  • “we fall in our sleep”
  • “form, form house”


  • Emma Hardyman: vocals, guitar
  • Nathan Hardyman: guitar, vocals
  • Bly Wallentine: bass, rainstick, vocals
  • Bridget Jackson: harp, vocals
  • Chris Shemwell: drums, percussion, vocals
  • Grace Johnson: keyboard, rainstick, vocals


  • Producer: Bob Boilen 
  • Director/Editor: Kara Body
  • Audio Engineer: Neil Tevault 
  • Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Sofia Seidel
  • Audio Assistant: Hans Copeland
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Elizabeth Gillis
  • Tiny Desk Workforce: Suraya Mohamed, Josh Rogosin, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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