Bedouine – Stream the New Album

Bird Songs of a Killjoy Out Now via Spacebomb

Jun 21, 2019
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Bedouine, the project of singer/songwriter Azniv Korkejian, has released a new album, Bird Songs of a Killjoy, today via Spacebomb. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are her upcoming tour dates.

Previously Bedouine shared three songs from the album, all via videos: "When You're Gone" (it was one of our Songs of the Week), "Bird" (it was also one of our Songs of the Week), and "Echo Park." Then she shared another song from the album, "One More Time." She also shared a video of strings being recorded for the album at Capitol Studios.

Bedouine released her self-titled debut album in 2017 via Matthew E. White's Spacebomb label. It was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017 and one of our Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017. Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, Michael Kiwanuka) produced Bird Songs of a Killjoy in his LA studio. 

When Korkejian recorded and released her debut album she was an unknown and even some close to her weren't aware of her talent. "After I released the first record and got a little press, all my friends said: I didn't know you played music!" she says in the official bio for the album. 

After all the attention, glowing press, tours, and late night appearances associated to the first album, Korkejian had to face up to the pressure of recording a satisfying follow-up. "The stakes do feel higher," Korkejian admits in the bio. "The fact there are stakes to begin with! When I recorded my first record I had no idea if it would come out, and I was OK with that. It was just thoughts I needed to put down - a personal project. There's something so beautiful in that. With the second record that feels a little compromised. I try not to get too wrapped up in how people will receive it but, whether I want to or not, that's the reality."

Still, with Bird Songs of a Killjoy she hasn't radically reinvented or expanded her sound. "I don't wanna call this a sequel," Korkejian says. "It's not necessarily a continuation but it's not a departure either. There's just so much there that I am still proud of that I didn't want to put aside just because it came from the same time." 

Korkejian was born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, but spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia and then moved to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. She's lived all over the U.S., including Boston, Houston, Lexington, Austin, Savannah, and Los Angeles. Musically she's got a '60s/'70s singer/songwriter vibe akin to First Aid Kit or Laura Marling, with some hints of Natalie Prass too.

Read our 2017 interview with Bedouine.

Bedouine Tour Dates:

Jun. 28 - Nashville TN - Musicians Corner at Centennial Park
Jul. 26 - Calgary Alberta - Calgary Folk Music Festival at Prince's Island Park
Jul. 27 - Calgary Alberta - Calgary Folk Music Festival at Prince's Island Park
Aug. 2 - Glasgow UK - Kelvingrove Bandstand (w/ Father John Misty)
Aug. 3 - Waterford IRE - All Together Now Festival 
Aug. 5 - The Hague NL - Zuiderparktheater (w/ Jose Gonzalez)
Aug. 24 - Port Townsend, WA - Thing at McCurdy Pavilion Lawn
Aug. 25 - Denver CO - Denver Botanic Gardens *
Aug. 26 - Boulder CO - Chautauqua Auditorium *
Aug. 28 - Omaha NE  - Slowdown *
Aug. 29 - Kansas City MO - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - Helzberg Hall *
Aug. 30 - St. Louis MO - The Pageant *
Aug. 31 - Milwaukee WI - Pabst Theatre *
Sep. 2 - Hamburg DE - Elbphilharmonie *
Sep. 4 - Aarhus DK - Atlas
Sep. 5 - Copenhagen DK - Alice
Sep. 7 - London UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall
Sep. 9 - Amsterdam NL - Paradiso Noord Tuinzaal (w/ Molly Sarle supporting)
Sep. 10 - Brussels BE - Rotonde Botanique
Sep. 11 - Frankfurt DE - Mousonturm Café
Sep. 12 - Vienna AT - Arena outdoor *
Sep. 13 - Leipzig DE - Parkbühne GeyserHaus *
Sep. 14 - Berlin DE - Baumhaus Bar
Sep. 15 - Bruges BE - LEFFINGELEUREN Festival 
Sep. 16 - Cologne DE - Wohngemeinschaft (w/ Molly Sarle supporting)
Sep. 18 - Hamburg DE - Reeperbahn Festival
Sep. 20 - Nijmegen NL - Lutherse Kerk
Sep. 21 - Barcelona ES
Oct. 5 - Chicago IL - Schubas Tavern
Oct. 7 - Toronto ON - The Drake
Oct. 8 - Montreal QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB
Oct. 9 - Allston MA - Great Scott
Oct. 11 - Washington DC - Songbyrd
Oct. 12 - Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live - Upstairs
Oct. 13 - Richmond VA - Richmond Music Hall
Oct. 15 - Asheville NC - The Mothlight
Oct. 18 - Minneapolis MN - The Cedar Cultural Center

* w/ Jose Gonzalez 

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