Nightingale Tales

by Bihzhu

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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 her love for jazz, soul, reggae, acapella, world music and pop, Bihzhu meshes her musical influences and her life experiences into a light-hearted and melodic smorgasbord that shines with honesty, earnestness, beauty and love.

This nightingale just can't stop weaving tales of Life, Love, and the Divine.
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Track Name: The Heart Way
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
Track Name: Easy Peasy
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."
Track Name: Palpitations
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
Track Name: Tainted Temples
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
Track Name: A Chord Green
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
Track Name: 小白船 (Xiao Bai Chuan)
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