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by Bhi Bhiman

Bhi Bhiman's songs run the gamut from acoustic, folk ballads and old school R&B to full-throated rockers and roots-y reggae jams.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. FDA Blues
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2. Equal In My Tea
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3. It's Cold Out Here
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4. Loving You
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5. Up In Arms
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6. White Man's Burden Blues
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7. You Gotta Move
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8. Telouise
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9. Talkin' NASCAR
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10. Etta
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11. Out In The Streets
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12. Blue
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13. Jaffna Town
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Album Notes
The first thing that strikes you when listening to a Bhi Bhiman song is his voice; a vibrant, piercing tenor that's as rich with vibrato as it is with heartfelt emotional heft. It's a voice that's instantly iconic, recalling, at once, the power of Barrington Levy and the warmth of Bill Withers. Yet those comparisons instantly melt away because there is no other artist in the world whose voice sounds quite like his. It's a voice that has roots in Sri Lanka, where Bhiman draws his heritage, branches from the blues of his hometown St. Louis, across the Midwestern folk of Bob Dylan, through the urban soul of Motown in its heyday, past the Jamaican reggae of Bob Marley, and finally settling in the Bay Area, where Bhiman writes his songs.

His voice would simply be a gimmick if the songs weren't there to back it up, but they are in a big way. The songs are richly observed slices of emotional life. While Bhiman's songs don't necessarily sound very much like Randy Newman's, Newman may be Bhiman's closest songwriting contemporary. They share a paradoxical understanding that what makes a song universal is its specificity—richly observed and faithfully reported songs that can be unpeeled like an onion will outlast songs full of hollow histrionics every time.

Bhiman's songs run the gamut from acoustic, folk ballads and old school R&B to full-throated rockers and roots-y reggae jams. His wanderings from one musical continent to another are more a result of a restless sonic curiosity than an act of "look-what-I-can-do" showmanship. As a result, the songs are allowed to exist on their own terms with their own themes—as rooted as they are in Bhiman's hyper-aware, intellectual, political and racial consciousnesses—opening themselves up like a good book, to be absorbed over and over again.
At heart, Bhiman is an artist, a consummate one, one for the ages. One whose voice can be easily imagined echoing off the stages of history. Hearing an artist like this at such an early stage in his career, when he is young and hungry and vital, is nothing short of essential.


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Arj R. Arjunan

Great Album
Bhiman's debut album features a voice that disguises his youth and captivating lyrics. With each song, it also demonstrates his ability to move in and out of different musical genres. Definitely check it out!


There really is no sound like Bhi Bhiman. Definitely check this one out.

Stuart Schuffman

Bhi's voice is simply amazing. It's so unique and so genuine that it makes a person come to attention and listen to his excellent song writing. The first time I heard "Up in Arms", a song about the last day of Black Panther leader Huey P Newton, I got goose-bumps. Bhi really is a phenomenal talent and I think everyone needs to hear this record.

Jodie Spector

I am so happy that Bhi Bhiman finally released a full length album! This is a beautiful collection of songs that make you laugh, cry, think, and even dance. Some of the best new music I've heard in a long time. If you're a fan of music that can't be defined by a single genre then check out Bhi Bhiman!!! :)

Karl Johansen

The Cookbook
This album is pretty phenomenal for an artists first recording effort. Its very much a throwback to a lot of great pop music from all walks of life. Country, rock, reggae, blues, R&B. I am definitely a fan. This is an artist everyone should look out for, but it probably wont be long before you have heard the name Bhi Bhiman. Favorite tracks: Telouise, Out in the Streets, Loving You, FDA Blues


This cd is really good. I was pretty skeptical at first. My friend told me I should listen to it and I was like, If Biman is so good, why aren't they playing him on MTV? And the whole Sri Lanka thing, is that like even a real place? But I listened to Telouise, and it was really great. Something out of another time, or something. I put it in my car and listened to the whole cd a bunch of times. It is f-ing good, man.


This is a fantastic album. His work has echoes of the voice of Bob Dylan, the satire of Randy Newman, and the country ballads of Ray Charles. I would strongly recommend this album to any music lover looking for something new and innovative from a rising star.

Barbara Forst

Nailed it!
Literate, creative lyrics carried on a rich and tasty voice. I may be a sixty year old white woman from St. Louis, but I know what sounds good. FDA Blues brought tears of joy to my eyes; he so nailed that emotional mix. I'm looking forward to more from Bhi and passing it forward.

Jared Isaacson

A Fresh Sound!
Bhi Bhiman has cooked up a tantalizing album with a fresh new sound. If this is a cookbook, its chock full of delicious yet varied flavors. I'd say that the music is eclectic but not as a euphemism for too weird to listen to as that word is sometimes used. The music is funky and rocks but there are some nice smoother tunes as well.
Keep up the good work Bhi!