Late-Night TV Music (One Is All You Need Edition) | April 22, 2020

The spoken-word artist delivers a transcendent performance for Jimmy Fallon.

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The most powerful and relevant art can (and arguably should) transcend the events that inspired it. Case in point: Kate Tempest’s intimately moving and beautiful performance of People’s Faces on Wednesday’s edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The spoken-word number is the closing track from her incredible Rick Rubin-produced 2019 album The Book of Traps and Lessons, an examination of life and love in post-Brexit Britain. But its moving message resonates equally well right now and right here — no matter where you live — and says a lot of things that we could all benefit from hearing. It was the only musical performance of the night, and good thing, since pretty much anything else would seriously pale in comparison. Anyway, I’ll shut up now and let you push play on the video above (or below; your call).