Bedouineis set to release her self-titled debut album onJune 23rdviaSpacebomb Records. After presenting lead single, “Dusty Eyes,” the artist now shares “Solitary Daughter,” “a song of seclusive elegance”(NPR Music)and its accompanying video directed by Tom Salvaggio.
“Solitary Daughter” is a reaction to traditional gender roles, especially that of a woman being the sole nurturer in the relationship. It rejects the notion that conventional romance is anything other than a conversation between equals, drawing from the idiom about empathy “no man is an island.” Like an ocean, I have a rich inner life; it’s not that i need tending to but that I want companionship from an equal. Initially I wrote this song to see how long I could lilt on one chord before moving on. So I picked a chord and stayed on it and fought the instinct of moving just for moving’s sake. I managed to stay put a few lines longer than I usually would. –Azniv Korkejian
Bedouinehas a story to match the name. Azniv Korkejian,born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. Living at various times in Boston, Houston, Lexington, Austin, and Savannah, she eventually found a community of musicians in Los Angeles that feels like home. One day she walked into the studio of bass player / producerGus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys)to inquire about portable reel-to-reel tape machines and ended up cutting “Solitary Daughter” in a first take.
Eschewing notions of nomadic chic, Bedouine represents minimalism motivated by travel, paring down and paring down until only the essential remains. Her music establishes a sustained and complete mood, reflecting on the unending reverberations of displacement, unafraid to take pleasure along the way.