Bedouine Fills Her Self-Titled Debut With Laurel Canyon-esque Country-Folk

As the Bedouine moniker suggests, Azniv Korkejian’s music is informed by a nomadic life. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, she spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to Boston when her family won a Green Card lottery. After Boston, the family moved to Houston, and Korkejian left for Los Angeles as soon as she was able. From there she spent time in Lexington, Kentucky; Austin, Texas; and Savannah, Georgia before returning to Los Angeles.

Bedouine Album Cover

Korkejian’s return to the city turned out to be a homecoming of sorts. She discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park, and as she puts it, “I just kept meeting the right people, who were professional musicians, and even though they were going on these big legitimate tours, they were still coming back to this amazing small scene, still demoing at home, and I immediately felt welcomed to join in on that.”

It was within that context that Azniv Korkejian’s first album came about. A sound editor by day, she entered the studio of Gus Seyffert looking for reel-to-reel tapes and left it with with a producer for her debut album. After preparing some thirty tracks over the course of three years, Korkejian and Seyffert whittled the music down to ten songs and brought them to Spacebomb Records. The resulting album, titled Bedouine after Korkejian’s recording moniker, is a quietly confident debut.

Backed by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, Korkejian delivers the lyrics to standout track “Solitary Daughter” poetically, occasionally drifting almost into spoken word. She discussed the lyrics in an NPR interview, saying, “the song is kind of a reaction to traditional gender roles. It was sort of a rejection of conventional romance; it’s not something that I needed.”

Single “One of the These Days” is similarly quiet, but its melody is brighter and more upbeat. Korkejian discussed the track as well, calling it “an optimistic outlook on wanting to speak the same language as someone, or at least close enough for you both to feel loved.”

The songs on Bedouine rarely stray above quiet, but they don’t need to. The power of Korkejian’s music does not lie in its volume, but in the gorgeous orchestration and her thoughtful lyrics.

Bedouine is out now on Spacebomb Records and is available for purchase through Amazon, iTunes, and Spacebomb’s online store.

Auto

What It’s Like to Drive the 755 Horsepower Corvette ZR1 on a Racetrack When You’re Not a Racecar Driver

Would a $120,000 American-made sports car be all that much fun compared toa $300,000 Ferrari 488 or an equally expensive GTC4Lusso? Well, yes, as it turns out.
Culture

The Best Manly Quotes of All Time

Man-up with wisdom from Ernest Hemingway, Stan Lee, Steve McQueen, Ron Swanson, and more.
Culture

10 Fiction Podcasts You Should Totally Get Sucked Into

Sit back, relax, and prepare for intrigue and adventure with the best serialized fiction podcasts.
Travel

The Best Road Trip Songs: Hit Play Then Hit the Gas

Ah, the open road! It beckons us to cast aside responsibility, embrace the unknown, jump in the car, and just go. Take this mixtape with you.
Music

The Best Funk Songs for Getting Down

From roller rinks to velvet lounges, funk is the grout between the tiles of life that keeps our bathtub all sparkly, scrubba-dub-dub fun.
Music

New Music Preview: Blood Orange, Ohmme, and Wild Nothing

August has plenty of new album releases in store, but there are three particular records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear.
Culture

Ever Heard of a Cigar Box Guitar? This Book Teaches You How to Build One.

Known as the "poor man's guitar," these DIY instruments are low on cost but big on sound, according to author and musician Shane Speal.
Music

New Music Preview: Bob Moses, The Chills, and Cypress Hill

September has plenty of new album releases in store, but there are three particular records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear.
Music

Workout Playlist: The Best Songs for Getting Pumped About Pumping Iron

Our workout playlist on Spotify has been audio-engineered to get you started on — and help you stick to — your new fitness routine.
Music

The Perfect Party Playlist for When It’s Time to Dim the Lights

Once everyone's eaten and the booze-infused blood of your crowd starts pumping, it's time to dim those lights way down and put on some good tunes.
Fashion & Style

Casio Announces New G-Shock X Gorillaz Watch Collection

In honor of Casio G-Shock's 35th anniversary, the timepiece specialists have released a tantalizing collaboration with one of the world’s most successful virtual acts.
Culture

18 Vinyl Albums Every Man Should Own

Your vinyl selection may vary depending on what kind of man you are, but there are some works of art that deserve to be in everyone's collection.
Music

A Christmas Music Playlist that Doesn’t Suck (Finally)

Let's face it: A lot of holiday music is insufferable. So, we curated an up-to-date playlist of Christmas and wintertime tunes that are actually great.
Culture

A New Year’s Eve Party Playlist to Ring in 2019

This Spotify playlist has been marinating in some extra zesty subsonic sauce to help you cook up a very tasty pregame or a full-blown party.