Leading into the release ofBedouine’sself-titled debut album outJune 23rdviaSpacebomb Records, the singer and guitarist is presenting the video for third and final single, “One of These Days,”the bright and playful song that captured the attention of Spacebomb’sMatthew E. Whiteand landed her a record deal. While on tour, White recalls listening with his band to the track “like a thousand times” and even setting it as their alarm to wake up in the morning.
Asked about the impetus for this song, Bedouine said the following:
I had borrowed my friend’s ’84 Blazer and taken it to the narrow streets of downtown Los Angeles to run an errand. The steering was loose and it felt like navigating a cruise ship down a canal. He had JJ Cale’s Naturally in the stereo as long as he had the truck, as if it came with it. I was somewhat familiar but it was then I noticed how JJ Cale turned a phrase on the drop of a dime. He’d sing a phrase that sounded like a complete thought, then all of a sudden move the punctuation over to add a tag. That’s what inspired the phrase “get it, and get it right.”
The song itself is an optimistic outlook on wanting to speak the same language as someone, or at least close enough for you both to feel loved. Jake Blanton (who owns the Blazer) played drums. Gus Seyffert, the producer, played bass and tracked us live. The video was another collaboration with Tom Salvaggio and pokes fun at its own whimsy.
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.