Ahead of his first studio album in four years, I’ll Sleep When I’m Famous (JULY 2022), acclaimed singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman, known for his “bold vocal style” (Guardian), drops a heartbreaking new single , “Up All Night”. The song was inspired by the duality of caring for his young daughter while his wife was away, caring for his dying father – a hugely relevant message as the world emerges from a global pandemic.
As one of the most stripped down songs Bhiman has ever released, the spare accompaniment and production allow the lyrics and melody to bring you intimately closer to the message.
Bhiman says: “I wrote this song during a rather difficult time. I was alone taking care of our young daughter while my wife took care of her father. For two months, I lived this parallel existence on the other side of the circle of And from the intensity of this experience, this fully formed beautiful song came out of me.
In the video for “Up All Night,” Bhi sits on the edge of her daughter’s bed, gently picking up her guitar as she sleeps soundly, giving us a taste of her real life. In true cinema verité style, Bhi admits that the entire video was shot while her daughter slept, lit by the lights of her LED projector. It’s a tribute to the idea behind the song – that sometimes we’re up all night working while our loved ones sleep. When she’s not sleeping, we cut scenes of her playing and wandering the halls, which Bhi filmed during a power outage.
Over the course of his career, the St. Louis native has collaborated with a diverse list of creators, including comedian/actor Keegan-Michael Key, author Dave Eggers, singer/songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, rapper/director Boots Riley and the late iconic singer Chris Cornell. Bhi has been dubbed “one of America’s best-kept secrets” by The Times UK and “top-notch and undeniably unique” by The Washington Post. His music has been praised by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Billboard and The New York Times.
“Up All Night” is the first of three moving singles from Bhi’s most personal album to date. Co-produced by Sam Kassirer (who worked on Bhi’s acclaimed debut album, BHIMAN), the album sports a world-weary, yet wide-eyed positivity.
Watch “Up All Night” HERE.