Bedouine: Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Bird Songs of a Killjoy


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  • Release Date 21 June 2019
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Spacebomb Records

"When you listen to the love songs of LA-based Bedouine, you will be reminded of Karen Dalton’s world-wise voice or the breathy seduction of Minnie Riperton's vocals, the easy cool of French ye-ye singers, and the poetry of Joan Baez. Her folk is nomadic, wandering across time and space, and on the likes of new song “Dizzy” meander into danceable jams. On first discovery you may ask whether they're dated to 2019, or whether you've uncovered some forgotten classic. It makes sense that singer-songwriter Azniv Korkejian's arrival – both musically and personally – on her second record has been influenced by her own wanderlust, displacement, and curiosity. “It's called Bird Songs of a Killjoy, and I'm the killjoy,” she smirks over the phone from Sonoma, California. Azniv is based in LA, but is often travelling for the sake of musical inspiration. Her album title is something she's still trying to decipher. “I'm figuring it out,” she says.

The twelve songs on Bird Songs of a Killjoy contain several references to birds, which initially panicked Azniv. “Oh no! What a cliché!” she recalls. Azniv is a scrupulous student of the greats, and often quotes from books by Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell. In Mitchell's biography, the songwriter talks about how she'd circle clichés in lyrics with a bold red pen and replace them. “That made me so self-conscious about how I go on and on about birds on this record,” she says. “But I have to step back and take a breath. These songs are just where I landed, and that's OK.” When it comes to the “killjoy” of the title, Azniv describes the common perception of herself as a curmudgeon and a depressive. “Dare I say – a difficult women,” she continues, laughing. “I'm taking ownership of that stereotype, proudly.”

1 Under the Night  
2 Sunshine Sometimes  
3 When You’re Gone  
4 One More Time  
5 Dizzy  
6 Bird  
7 Bird Gone Wild  
8 Hummingbird  
9 Matters of the Heart  
10 Echo Park  
11 Reprise  
12 Tall Man  

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