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Nightingale Tales

by Bihzhu

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1.
With a little smile, sunbeams touch my heart With a little hug, my mask breaks apart With a little faith, all my doubts are swept away So let's do life, the heart way With a small hello, all my walls come tumbling down With a little laugh, troubles just turn around With some Soul to Soul, lasting friendships are made So let's do life, the heart way Shoo be do pa pa, share the love Shoo be do pa pa, share the love Shoo be do pa pa, share the love So let's do life, the heart way It don't matter if, you're teh si or susu tarik It don't matter if, you're kopi o, or cafe au lait At the end of the day, we are really all the same So let's do life, the heart way
2.
Easy Peasy 03:28
One day the North Wind, she came a-visiting And brought along some news See I had a friend who, was just a single unit Now he's a part of two God sent him his own Angel, now they have heaven on earth This news is joyful, but North Wind tell me, is my turn coming soon? "Oh sweet child," the wind whispers, "With your sunflower soul and your rainbow cheeks, Loving you is easy peasy, Like the fruit on a tree waiting to be ripe, You gotta wait till the moment is right." "Cuz everything takes time, time, time, Time, time, time, time, time." So North Wind is he, from the Pacific, Or across the Atlantic Sea? Or is he really, that little cutie, Who lives across the street? Do you think that he'll know me, From the time we've met in our dreams? I feel a little silly, is this wishful thinking, That love would come to me? "Oh sweet child," the wind whispers, "With your sunflower soul and your rainbow cheeks, Loving you is easy peasy, Like the fruit on a tree waiting to be ripe, You gotta wait till the moment is right." "Cuz everything takes time, time, time, time, time, time, time, Time, time, time, time, time."
3.
Palpitations 03:03
I know you are not for me And my friends all agree But when you kiss me Uh oh, uh oh I try hard to stay away But you know how to play With my poor heartstrings Please don't, please don't I tell you your tricks won't work But you know what you do to me And with that smile you come around Oh no Then my heart goes Then my gut goes Then my body sings Then my heart goes Then my gut goes Then my body sings
4.
One touch, it could've been a fluke Twice now, he was up to no good Sat down, couldn't say a word Limb weak, like a broken little bird Trust and goodness, things that he did not know Leaving spirits broken and unwhole Build your temple brick by brick Keep it under lock and key Unwelcome feet make it unclean Can't wash away what you can't see Bloodless wounds need time to heal Tainted Temples need time to rebuild Smiling, his voice held no trace Hiding intention to betray Anger came a little too late Courage was to be delayed Now his hands and smile They make no sound Buried deep deep underground Build your temple brick by brick Keep it under lock and key Unwelcome feet make it unclean Can't wash away what you can't see Bloodless wounds need time to heal Tainted Temples need time to rebuild
5.
Oh heart, you know not How the seed became the root Became the bud, the flower and the fruit Dive with me, into the rich loamy darkness Taste with me, the bitter grains sweetly laced With the nectar of life, that gives birth to pain Yet pain so alive, so necessary, so beautifully insane Oh heart, if you would Stay and bear the growth of limbs Clambering, stretching, till the sky they meet By instinct's urge, they yearn for the love above Thought distant and unreachable, the warmth grows Beating its zznga zznga music that pierces so deep So you remember its caresses and smile You smile in your sleep Oh heart, falter not now For when the blossoms wake to sing Good tidings will float on fragrance sweet A bite of ecstasy, from the harvest of hope Exalts in celebration, the strength of Soul Rejoice now, so serene is the greenest of green Eternal the seed that ends all and where all begin
6.
蓝蓝的天空银河里 有只小白船 船上有棵桂花树 白兔在游玩 桨儿桨儿看不见 船上也没帆 飘呀飘呀 飘向明天 Under the blue, blue skies, in the silver river, There is a small white boat. On the boat is an osmanthus tree, And a white rabbit at play. The oars, the oars, are not to be seen, And the boat, it has no sails. It floats, it floats, Floating towards tomorrow

about

Nightingale Tales is the debut EP of Bihzhu, who has played in one capacity or another with pop-jazz duo Rhapsody and dub outfit Layan Sound System. Nightingale Tales sees Bihzhu play to her strengths of simple, unaffected songwriting and purity of vocalizations. Her appealing blend of confessional pop, jazzy folk, and lo-fi torch songs takes the listener through a journey of emotions which feels so intimate because they are authentic.

The EP kicks off with The Heart Way - a catchy and indefatigably cheerful tune of acceptance. Capturing Bihzhu's joyful approach to life, it was part of Julie Biscuits Share the Love campaign and has been heard on major radio stations like 988 FM, XFM and Hitz FM. Easy Peasy is whimsically charming and has a wistfulness which invites the listener to dream then Palpitations picks up the pace and has a retro vibe resounding with lush instrumention and playful scatting. Taking a more emotional turn, Tainted Temples is darker in tone but ultimately triumphantly cathartic. A Chord Green is Bihzhu's homage to spoken word with her blues inflected vocals over a minimal arrangement. A fitting closing is Xiao Bai Chuan, a Mandarin nursery rhyme her mother sang her to sleep with when she was little - Bihzhu now imbues it with her own flavour and sings it with a tenderness fitting for a song with such intense sentimental value.

Eclectic but not random, Nightingale's Tales is a compendium of anecdotes from Bihzhu's adventures so far. It's effortless and unfeigned, welcoming and content to linger. And linger you will.

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released October 7, 2011

album design by jeffrey lim / studio 25 www.studio25.my

www.bihzhu.com

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Bihzhu Malaysia

With a dynamic range that defies genres, Bihzhu is blessed with a rich, soulful voice that is hauntingly evocative one moment, and spiritedly rousing the next.

Bihzhu’s genuine songcraft transcends pain and heartache to celebrate life, and love. Her “heart music” have left audiences finger-snapping, foot-tapping, and dancing all over Malaysia, Australia, South Korea, China, Indonesia and India.
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