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

Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Killjoy (SB029)
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March 28, 2019

Trey Pollard – “Fixed Ideas: I” (Video)

In November, Spacebomb’s in-house arranger and house band member Trey Pollard released his debut as a composer in his own right, Antiphone. Comprised of a set of preludes and fugues for string quintet and two pieces for chamber string orchestra and piano – entitled Fixed Ideas: I and II, which bookend the album – Antiphone was lauded by critics as “beautiful” (Composer’s Toolbox), “gorgeously tense” (The Auricular), and “nothing short of an achievement” (You Hear That).

Today, Pollard unveils a beautiful, hypnotic video for the piece “Fixed Ideas: I,” filmed by Tony Forgey.

Trey Pollard – Antiphone (SB019)
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March 21, 2019

The Spacebomb Revue at SXSW – Photo recap

We are riding high after last week’s Spacebomb Revue showcase at SXSW. In the height of our afterglow, we’d like to thank the following people for helping to make it happen:

  • Our amazing family of artists who gave the evening purpose and who helped us pack out Antone’s all night: Andy Jenkins, Angelica Garcia, Bedouine, Jackie Cohen, Lola Kirke, and Sleepwalkers
  • SXSW for believing in us and helping make the night possible
  • Virginia is for Music Lovers for partnering with us on presenting the show
  • Our sponsors for all of their support: Blanchard’s, Broadberry Entertainment Group, Common House, Nate’s Bagels, Threshold Counsel
  • Everyone who chose to spend the evening with us on a busy Tuesday night with a million other options. Thank you.

Andy Jenkins at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Andy Jenkins

Matthew E. White sitting in with Andy Jenkins at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Matthew E. White sitting in with Andy Jenkins

Angelica Garcia at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Angelica Garcia

Jackie Cohen at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Jackie Cohen

Lola Kirke at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Lola Kirke

Spacebomb House Band's Trey Pollard and Pinson Chanselle at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Spacebomb House Band’s Trey Pollard and Pinson Chanselle

Bedouine at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW 2019

Bedouine

Sleepwalkers at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW

Sleepwalkers

all photos by Amy Baldwin except Sleepwalkers by Dean Christesen

March 19, 2019

Bedouine – “When You’re Gone”

Today, Bedouine returns with new song “When You’re Gone.” This song continues her creative partnership with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, Michael Kiwanuka) who produced the song in his LA studio. “When You’re Gone” follows her critically acclaimed self-titled debut in June 2017, and the single “Come Down In Time”/ “Hey, Who Really Cares?” from last year. Listen to “When You’re Gone.”

Bedouine’s Azniv Korkejian says about the song:

“When I started ‘When You’re Gone’ I was just messing around with pretty chords. Then the lyrics spontaneously came to me much later when I read something on Instagram, which is kind of hilarious. It triggered a line that eventually rolled out the entire song. In retrospect I think it reflects on the time since I’ve released my first record; in nondescript hotel rooms alone or getting dropped off a cliff after tour is over, not exactly sure what to do with myself. It also touches on what that can mean when it comes to the people you’re closest to. My favorite part may be the delicate intro that’s tucked away in the record as a hidden track.”

The video for “When You’re Gone” was filmed in Iceland (during Iceland Airwaves) and at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where the strings were recorded.

SXSW 2019 appearances next week include showcases hosted by Stereogum, Paste, Netflix, Desert Daze, and Spacebomb & Virginia is for Music Lovers’ Spacebomb Revue. Today, Bedouine also announces upcoming shows in New York, Los Angeles, and London.

In 2017, Bedouine released her 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 US alongside Kevin Morby, Jose Gonzalez, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fleet Foxes, Waxahatchee, Real Estate and Willie Watson, with 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).

Bedouine on tour

Mar. 11 – Austin TX (SXSW) – 9:00pm – Banger’s Basement – Netflix/Collide
Mar. 12 – Austin TX (SXSW) – 3:00pm – Cheer Up Charlies – Stereogum*
Mar. 13 – Austin TX (SXSW) – 12:00am – Antone’s – Spacebomb Revue at SXSW
Mar. 13 – Austin TX (SXSW) – 6:15pm – Hotel Vegas – Desert Daze*
Mar. 13 – Austin TX (SXSW) – 9:00pm – Palm Door – Paradigm*
Mar. 21 – Salford UK – Sacred Trinity Church
Mar. 22 – London UK – Southbank Centre, Purcell Room (SOLD OUT)
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

* w/ Spacebomb House Band

Bedouine – “When You’re Gone”
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March 7, 2019

Sleepwalkers – “Fault Is Me”

Sleepwalkers present “Fault Is Me,” the latest track of their forthcoming album due out later this year. Watch the animated mini-video by Sleepwalkers’ own Austin York, and catch them next week at the Spacebomb Revue at SXSW.

York says about the song:

“Fault Is Me” is about making the same mistakes time after time and blaming others for your problems. Ultimately knowing deep down it’s been your fault all along.

Sleepwalkers on tour

March 8 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover
March 9 – Tampa, FL – Gasparilla Music Festival
March 12 – Austin, TX – Antone’s for the Spacebomb Records & Virginia Is For Music Lovers present The Spacebomb Revue at SXSW

Sleepwalkers – “Fault Is Me”
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March 5, 2019

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