New Release & Video: Bedouine – Echo Park

Photo Credit: Moises Galvan

LA based Azniv Korkejian, aka Bedouine, releases her second album Bird Songs Of A Killjoy on May 31st. Today she has followed up from the previously shared ‘Bird’ and ‘When You’re Gone’ with the video for new single, ‘Echo Park’

Speaking of the track she says: “‘Echo Park’ started as kind of a joke. I was annoyed that my usual café was busy and there was nowhere to sit. I turned back around to my apartment, picked up the guitar, and started riffing on the neighbourhood – it ended up being a really fun tune. I love my neighbourhood but the rate at which things change can make your head spin. This song is about hanging on for dear life”

Take a listen to this stunning number, below…

Bird Songs Of A Killjoy follows her self-titled debut in June 2017. 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. 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 following a full US tour including dates with José González. Full dates can be found here…

06 Jun – Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn, NY
07 Jun – 08 Jun – Huichica Sonoma Festival 2019, Sonoma, CA
13 Jun – Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
28 Jun – Musicians Corner, Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
25 Jul – 28 Jul – Calgary Folk Music Festival 2019, Calgary, AB
24 Aug – 25 Aug – THING 2019, Port Townsend, WA
25 Aug – Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, Denver, CO
26 Aug – Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO
28 Aug – Slowdown, Omaha, NE
29 Aug – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO
30 Aug – The Pageant, St Louis, MO
31 Aug – Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
07 Sep – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
05 Oct – Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
07 Oct 2019 – The Drake Hotel Toronto, ON
08 Oct 2019 – Bar le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC
09 Oct – Great Scott Allston, MA
11 Oct – Songbyrd Music House, Washington, DC
12 Oct – World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
13 Oct – Richmond Music, Hall Richmond, VA
15 Oct – The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
18 Oct – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN

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