New Release: Bedouine – Bird Songs Of A Killjoy / Bird

Photo Credit: Moises Galvan

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

Along with the announcement she has shared the second single to be taken from the album, ‘Bird’…

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 favorite 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 self-titled debut in June 2017. She also went on to play a two night residency at London’s The Islington, as well as returning recently for a show at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room alongside a string section and has toured the UK and Europe with Father John Misty, Michael Kiwanuka and Matthew E. White as well as Kevin Morby, José González, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fleet Foxes, Waxahatchee, Real Estate and more in the US

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

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 honouring 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 will bring her full band to London for the first time for a performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in September. A full list of upcoming dates is below….

6 Jun – NYC @ Rough Trade
13 Jun – Los Angeles @ Moroccan Lounge
7 Sep – London @ Queen Elizabeth Hall


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