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The Small Desk has been working from home for the near future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you shows from around the country and around the world. It's the same spirit — a stripped-down setting, an intimate setting — just a different room.

We've been trying to make a BTS Tiny Desk concert happen for years now — even gaming ways we could move Bob Boilen 's desk far enough forward to match the dance moves of the Korean boy band.

At the end of the day, a global pandemic — and the introduction of Tiny Desk (home) concerts back in March — was needed to make something happen. With BTS co-opted in Seoul, the band kept true to the spirit of the series by convening a live band for their Tiny Desk debut, and even planned to play in a workspace with a music-friendly background: the VINYL & PLASTIC record store by Hyundai Card in BTS 's hometown.

Opening this summer's inescapable "Dynamite"—the band's first single to reach No. 1 in the U.S., as well as its first album to be entirely recorded in English — BTS leaned deep into the new track 's celebration," Uptown Funk"—adjacent vibes. From there, the group dove into its back catalog, taking the opportunity to show off its quieter side while (mostly) remaining uncharacteristically seated. The fast-paced "Save ME" from 2016 eventually gave way to a full-on power ballad in 2017 's reflective "Spring Day."

The latter track seemed particularly true to the positive nature of BTS: introduced with a few optimistic words by rapper and singer RM ("It's been the roughest summer ever, but we know spring is coming"), the song focuses on the need to wait hard times, even as the weight of present-day suffering seems oppressive.

BTS expected to thrill the BTS Army in arenas around the world in 2020 only to spend the last few months operating in isolation. Released on the last day of the bleak season, "Spring Day" is a pleasant reminder of what is waiting for us on the other side. We've just got to get through the fall and winter first.

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