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Scott Simon's interview with Bhi on Weekend Edition today...then preorder.

Quadruple-Threat!!!!

A year after catching these earworms on NPR, wearing out the grooves on both his full-length albums, reveling at the music videos, and finally basking in the glory of Bhiman's live performance, I'm still struggling for words to evoke the plangent sprezzatura (there's two!) of his uncanny musicianship.

Equally adept as composer, lyricist, singer, and folk/blues guitar-slinger, his wry narratives of personal longing and political conscience rock instrumental chops and vocal prowess (from ringing baritone to keening falsetto) on tracks here of retro-soul (-ska?, -highlife?) as beguiling for hip-twisting hooks as for their deftly-layered arrangements.

While a singular stylist, Bhiman's post-colonial buoyancy and gift for magical surrealism put me in mind of David Byrne's second act as world-music alchemist, only in reverse—as Bhiman's sapphire-dusted axe cuts a first/next-gen swath through the long blue tailings of America's musical coal mine.

What's *not* hard to evoke is the thrilling prospect of tracing BB's soul-stirring arc wherever it bends in the years to come.

That's my Fam

I am so excited to hear the album! I just placed my preorder! This man is naturally talented with a "one of a kind" voice. You would be a fool not to buy this.

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The son of Sri Lankan immigrants, one-of-a-kind folksinger and songwriter Bhi Bhiman (he was named after a character in the Mahabharata) spent his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, and began playing guitar when he was nine years old. As a teen he fell under the influence of bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, but as he began to write his own songs, full of joyous wordplay and sharp humor, he began to sound more like Bob Dylan or Woody Guthrie, and he developed an utterly unique,...
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