On the new album by singer-songwriter Bedouine Waysides
With the same honeyed voice and enchanting, finger-picked acoustic instrumentals, singer-songwriter Bedouine returns with the release of her new album Road edges. A harmonious blend of his proven style, Bedouine is a master of his craft, harmoniously interweaving the gems of Laurel Canyon, the self-proclaimed capital of the 1960s music scene, country crooners and the varied eclectic styles of psychedelic folk. Filled to the brim with folk stories for the modern age, Road edges was surprisingly never intended to be an album at all.
“Road edges was a little different from my other job because it really started out as an informal idea. I really wanted this to be an offer for people who are already Bedouin fans, ”she said. “I thought it would be something intimate to share like ‘Here’s a bunch of songs that I was never going to release.’ Since I wasn’t going anywhere for a while, I decided to put them together and make a little package out of them for people, if they were interested.
The hundreds of thousands of streams on the album prove that people are definitely interested. Born Azniv Korkejian in Aleppo, Syria, into an Armenian family, the Bedouin (derived from the Arabic word “badawī”, an Arab nomad from the deserts of Arabia, Syria or North Africa) was herself in some sort of a nomad. When she came of age in Saudi Arabia, her family ended up winning the green card lottery and eventually settled in Boston and, soon after, Houston. Driven by work and the dream of working in sound editing, Korekjian traveled to places like Kentucky and Georgia, experiences that all brought her to Los Angeles, where she is currently based.
“The day I left Texas to go to college in California, I stopped in the morning at a pawnshop to pick up a guitar because I realized I couldn’t go to my friends’ house to play. their guitar, ”says Korkejian. “Having my own guitar inspired me to play music. I was just learning myself and it was a way of writing songs. I didn’t necessarily want to get really good at the guitar; that’s always it for me. I like not knowing what I’m doing. I like to have a beginner’s mind.
Her vagabond adventures have given way to songs like “The Solitude”, “Forever Everette”, “I Don’t Need the Light” and “Sonnet 104”–songs that range from dreamy ballads to lowered melodies to Nick Drake and Elliot Smith instrumentals that capture the sound of Bedouine. The album gives listeners a euphoric glimpse into her personal world, with some of the songs over ten years old. Over the years the songs have evolved and turned into magnificent melodies of Road edges.
“My songwriting process can really vary from song to song. It’s a pretty intuitive process, so I don’t really have a formula. I just like to explore an idea, usually it starts with a phrase or maybe a melody, ”Korkejian recalls. “It can be as short as a sentence. And I’m just going to sit down with it, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It always starts with a little seed of an idea. Writing songs has always been a hobby of mine, but I didn’t really expect it to turn into a career. “