New Music Friday: Beyond the Border by Bhi Bhiman

I’m cheating a little bit with this one calling it new because it’s really not. The song is from 2018. The full album it’s from didn’t come out until 2019, but even then it’s still a couple of months old at this point. It is however new to me and I’m guessing it will be new to most of you too, so I’m counting it. I discovered this song because Bhi Bhiman was a guest on the latest Switched on Pop podcast episode talking about his song “Beyond the Border” and the way he put out the album as a podcast. The album is full of songs about the political issues facing us today and the podcast apparently pairs the issues he sings about in each song with discussions with artists, activists, and policy makers. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but I certainly will be.

The song I’m talking about today is the “Beyond the Border”, which you may ascertain from the titles is about immigrants and refugees. I don’t really have much to say about the song that it doesn’t already say for itself. I find the chorus of the song to be incredibly profound.

“It’s like we’re an outbreak and they are the treatment.
They give us heartache and keep all the freedom.”

I look forward to digging into more songs on this album and the accompanying podcast.

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