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Rough Trade and Resident exclusive - bonus 7" with tracks Louise / Deep Space with purchase of either LP or CD. For fans of Joni Mitchell, Astrud Gilberto and Nick Drake. Latest from Matthew E White's Spacebomb studio and it is another cracker full of vintage folk pop and orchestral country soul.
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.