Bhi Bhiman releases soulfully subversive new album ‘Rhythm & Reason’
out 1 June 2015 on BooCoo Music / Thirty Tigers
Single ‘Moving to Brussels’ – out 25 May
“What a voice!” –The New York Times
“There’s a Flight of the Conchords-style mischief to Bhiman’s writing: a mix of folk oddities, social outrages and sticky black humour” – Drowned in Sound
Bhi Bhiman will release his new album Rhythm & Reason on 1 June 2015 via BooCoo Music/Thirty Tigers. Hailed by Robert Christgau for NPR All Things Considered as a “penetrating melodist, accomplished guitarist and striking singer,” Bhiman uses his own upbringing as the son of immigrants as a central theme for the album’s 10 original songs.
Watch The Album Trailer Here:
Watch the full length music video for Brussels. It Below which stars a well known sketch comic, Keegan-Michael Key from the hit show Key & Peele
Bhi will play the following June shows with a full band and will be available for press interviews on the following dates
Tues 2 UK, London, The Islington (headline show)
with Lord Huron …
Wed 3 UK, London, Koko
Thu 4 UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 5 UK, Glasgow, King Tuts
Sat 6 Ireland, Dublin, Whelans
With production by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter), Bhiman deploys bold language and sonic sparks – from richly arranged strings and woodwinds to a literal gunshot – on Rhythm & Reason, all anchored by his most powerful instrument, his unmistakeable tenor hailed as “full-bodied and brawny but delicate” by the New York Times.
Bhiman balances the subversive with the sensitive on Rhythm & Reason, drawing inspiration in equal measure from Richard Pryor and Curtis Mayfield for their keen observations, their biting commentary and their humanity. Opener “Moving to Brussels” sets the tone for the album in the form of an immigrant’s Dear John letter to his former dictator; “Waterboarded in Love” details an interrogation by a jealous love; and “Up In Arms” recounts Black Panther Huey Newton’s fall from prominence.
Rhythm & Reason follows 2012’s Bhiman, which TIME called “joyous sensory overload” and Paste praised as a “spirited, multi-cultural stylistic stew.” Bhiman performed on “Later… with Jools Holland” and Wits with fan and friend Keegan-Michael Key (of “Key & Peele”). Following tours with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Rosanne Cash, Bhiman was asked by Rhiannon Giddens to join her US tour starting at the end of March this year.
Rhythm & Reason Track Listing:
1. Moving to Brussels
2. There Goes The Neighborhood
3. Bread and Butter
4. Bennie Please
5. Up in Arms
6. Death Song
7. The Color Pink
8. Waterboarded (In Love)
9. The Fool
10. Closer to Thee
Here is the music video for Brussels. It stars a well known American sketch comic, Keegan-Michael Key from the hit show Key & Peele:
“I’m moving to Brussels / I’m moving to Spain / I’m moving to Haarlem / It’s all the same…”