Bedouine - Bedouine

Debut Album On Black Vinyl LP Record

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Bedouine is the debut studio album by American folk musician Bedouine, originally released in June 2017 via Spacebomb Records.

This album is a beauty – it reminds “The Captain” of the classic 1960s and 1970s folk singer songwriters that learned their craft communicating songs through simple backing instrumentation, such as acoustic guitars. This album is worth checking out.

This information is extracted from Bedouine’s bandcamp page.

Bedouine is singing, like rain down a granite ruin, sweet as jasmine in the summer darkness, lilting crystal movements, precise and sure, the kind of voice that forms civilizations.

Bedouine has a story to match the name, Azniv Korkejian, born in Syria to Armenian parents, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, and moved to America when her family won the Green Card lottery. Living at various times in Boston, Houston, Lexington, Austin, and Savannah, she found a community of musicians in Los Angeles that feels like home.

One day she walked into Gus Seyffert’s studio to inquire about getting a reel-to-reel tape machine, something analogue and portable to record herself in small, quiet places. On a whim, he asked if she would play a song right then, so she stepped into the room and cut “Solitary Daughter” in a first take, and they were off on a three year collaboration.

One night, she approached Matthew E. White of Spacebomb Records after a show at The Echo in L.A., saying that she wanted to send him a song. He remembers listening to “One of These Days” on the rest of that tour “like a thousand times,” it knocked him and his band right out, and they even set it as their alarm to wake up to in the morning. If that all sounds a bit mythic, a bit rock-and-roll legend, remember that reality always outdoes the script, even in a town like Hollywood.

Working on around thirty tracks, with remarkable musicians like Smokey Hormel stopping by to contribute parts, Korkejian selected ten, united by a sustained mood and presence, to bring east for the Spacebomb treatment and Trey Pollard’s expressive symphonic arrangements. It’s a celebration of the patient process of recording and discovery.

Bedouine’s voice is at the center, a serene narrator, restless or still, taking deep pleasure in moments of trust and recognition, close observations or oblique truths, exploring the deep complications of displacement. Her debut collects two coasts, combining L.A. studio magic and Richmond’s Spacebomb sound in a rich new world of style and song.

The album has been released to critical acclaim. At Metacrtic, the album scores 85 out of 100 indicating “Universal Acclaim”.

Kevin Harley reviewing the album for Record Collector magazine rates it 4 stars (out of 5) and writes “…Between her route to her debut and her sublimely unruffled music, Bedouine is the antithesis of careerist singer-songwriters. Born Azniv Korkejian and part-raised in Saudi Arabia, she travelled through the US before reaching LA, where work in sound and dialogue editing led to songwriting through a happy accidental encounter with a musical community.

Nurtured over three years and released through Matthew E White’s label, her debut luxuriates in splendid isolation, its debts to 60s folk, 70s country, Joni Mitchell’s pristine phrasing, and Astrud Gilberto swing arriving unencumbered by attention-grabbing excesses.

With Smokey Hormel’s guitars and Trey Pollard’s arrangements emphasising the minimal message, Nice And Quiet’s title and sweet lilt offer gentle but firm mission statements. “California… they talk in exclamation marks,” Bedouine observes on Back To You, resisting any such exclamatory fervour. That pristine vocal restraint works beautifully on Dusty Eyes and Solitary Daughter, the former a lovely break-up song and the latter a declaration of self-possession redolent of Leonard Cohen via Laura Marling’s Semper Femina.

The album drifts a little afterwards, but the David Lynch-ish Summer Cold and Nick Drake-like Heart Take Flight maintain a guiding lightness of touch. “Any more than what I have would be too much for me to feel free,” she declares: choice words on an album aglow with a clear-eyed confidence in hushed, honeyed quietude….”.

Check out the tracks:  One of These Days”; “Solitary Daughter”; “Dusty Eyes”; “Nice and Quiet” and “Album Trailer”.

This LP record is on black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Nice And Quiet

3:51

A2

One Of These Days

2:59

A3

Back To You

4:27

A4

Dusty Eyes

4:38

A5

Solitary Daughter

4:20

B6

Summer Cold

2:48

B7

Mind's Eye

3:14

B8

You Kill Me

4:13

B9

Heart Take Flight

3:46

B10

Skyline

2:29

SKU 600385275712
Record Label Spacebomb Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number SB010
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 March 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 23 June 2017
Barcode # 600385275712
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Acoustic
Genre Indie Folk
Format VINYL LP

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