A combination of growth and brilliance
Azniv Korkejian, better known as Bedouine, blew listeners away with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2017, but to the surprise of many, she did not seem to make her way into the mainstream of indie-pop music. Born in Syria and raised in Saudi Arabia to a music-based family, her unique blend of the 1960s and 1970s rock mixed with her sound engineer background creates a sound unlike anything on the radio. The LA-based singer-songwriter created Bird Songs of a Killjoy with producer Gus Seyffert, known for his work with Beck, who helped with the analog of her first album Bedouine. The album takes on the persona of a “killjoy” or one who might come off as a curmudgeon of sorts. Trying her best to stay positive and upbeat, Bird Songs of a Killjoy is a healing process for Korkejian and wants the same for her listeners over the 12-tracks.
Album lead “Under the Night” sounds like a quiet lullaby of truth and growth. Sweet harmonies and a beautifully composed band make for a fantastic opener. “When You’re Gone” is a bit of a rollercoaster ride through the most recent struggles in Korkejians life. “Bird” is the perfect example of a written love letter then was suppose to be delivered but never made its way to the receiver. Each and every lyric comes straight from Korkejians heart and her soothing tone makes every melody flow like fine wine in the most heart-breaking way. “Matters of the Heart” and “Hummingbird” both remain perfect examples of why Bedouine is a star, her calm demeanor and reassuring voice combine to create an artist of her own kind. “Echo Park,” being a prime example of how Korkejian creates her music from her current situations, is a track based off of changes in life being unpredictable and inconvenient.
The album ends with “Tall Man,” a cinematic closure to a shape-shifting part of the young singer’s life. Korkejian has only just begun her musical journey and her expertise continues to grow and create a music world where she continues to be queen.