Bedouine announces ‘Bird Songs of a Killjoy,’ out May 31st
Following the recently shared single “When You’re Gone,” LA-based Azniv Korkejian, aka Bedouine, has today announced that her second album Bird Songs of a Killjoy will be released on May 31st via Spacebomb. Bird Songs of a Killjoy is available for pre-order now on lavender vinyl, black vinyl, and CD, plus a bundle including your choice of album format with a Bedouine t-shirt and hummingbird enamel pin. The first 250 vinyl orders will receive a free 12×12″ signed print!
Along with the announcement, she shares the second single to be taken from the album “Bird.” Watch the video for “Bird” here.
Speaking of the track she says:
“Bird is about loving someone so much that you’re willing to loosen your grip on them. It was written as a love letter with the intent of delivering it. It’s one of my favourite memories regarding the power of song. I had so much to communicate and this was the only way I was able to get it all down. I drafted it on my recorder and emailed it that evening. The next morning there was a freshly written song in response to mine in my inbox. I was totally astonished by this perfect exchange. It seemed to prove that sometimes when you’re willing to let something go is when you’re given it entirely.”
Bird Songs of a Killjoy follows her 2017 self-titled debut album via Spacebomb Records to widespread critical acclaim including a 5/5 The Independent album review and features everywhere from Vogue and Rolling Stone to The FADER and Stereogum. In the last year, she has toured the U.S. alongside Kevin Morby, Jose Gonzalez, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fleet Foxes, Waxahatchee, Real Estate and Willie Watson, with a sold-out headline show at New York City’s Joe’s Pub (“she sounds like a future legend — the sort of musician one will later wish to have seen back when, at a small performance like this Thursday-night show.” –New York Times).
This second album continues her creative partnership with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka) who she met when working as a sound engineer in LA. “It’s called Bird Songs of a Killjoy, and I’m the killjoy,” Azniv grins. She describes the sometime perception of herself as a curmudgeon and a depressive. “Dare I say – a difficult woman,” she continues, laughing. “I’m taking ownership of that stereotype, proudly. The music itself however, is the farthest from curmudgeonly or depressive as could be. It’s a soundtrack to Spring blossom, to warm air on skin, to the concept of possibility.”
Amazingly, despite the successes since her debut release, Bird Songs of a Killjoy rejects any pressures to be some kind of grand evolution from before. When her self-titled debut came out in the summer of 2017, Azniv was entirely unknown, and wasn’t necessarily looking to change that. The album she wrote in her free time while dealing with some emotional trauma and locking herself away in her house, was an exercise in diarizing, in expression without expectations. Some of the songs on this second effort were from that same time period of fruitful creativity. This time however, there was more effort to concentrate on a cohesive beginning, middle and end. It was her biggest challenge, and it paid off. This is more than a mere collection of songs, and for that reason, includes a reprise of one song and features re-occurring musical motifs and hidden tracks.
Azniv’s experience of life is extraordinary. She was born in Aleppo, Syria, and swiftly moved to Saudi Arabia where she did most of her growing up until the age of ten. Her family won a Green Card Lottery and she went to an American school and lived in an ex-pat community. Her dad was a singer and would play traditional Armenian and Arabic music at home but Azniv didn’t make the connection in familial passion there until she was much older. “My music sounds so traditionally American and I’m not sure how that happened,” she offers, recalling that it wasn’t until her twenties that she discovered ’60s folk music and picked up a guitar.
She certainly never believed that music could be a career. Serving more as a healing process than any kind of professional pursuit she worked in sound design in her own little slice of Hollywood (incidentally, where she met Gus) and wrote and wrote, and from this well of songs, she’s now arrived at more than two albums. “All my work is on the front end,” she says. “All I can do is make sure I’m doing my best, putting my best foot forward, and honoring my emotional experience, but what it does in the end can’t matter as much.” For Bedouine, the songs have already served their healing purpose. Now it’s time for them to move others.
Bedouine on tour
Jun. 6 – Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade
Jun. 7-8 – Sonoma CA – Huichica
Jun. 13 – Los Angeles CA – Moroccan Lounge
Sep. 7 – London UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall