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Azniv Korkejian has returned to share her first new original music as Bedouine since the summer 2017 release of her acclaimed self-titled debut. Out now via on Spacebomb Records, “When You’re Gone” continues the Aleppo-born, Saudi Arabia- and America-raised musician’s collaborative partnership with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, Michael Kiwanuka), who produced the single in his Los Angeles studio.
“When I started ‘When You’re Gone,’ I was just messing around with pretty chords. Then the lyrics spontaneously came to me much later when I read something on Instagram, which is kind of hilarious. It triggered a line that eventually rolled out the entire song,” Bedouine explains. “In retrospect I think it reflects on the time since I’ve released my first record; in nondescript hotel rooms alone or getting dropped off a cliff after tour is over, not exactly sure what to do with myself. It also touches on what that can mean when it comes to the people you’re closest to.”
Bedouine shot her “When You’re Gone” video (dir. Tom Salvaggio) in Iceland during annual Reykjavík festival Iceland Airwaves, as well as at Capitol Studios in L.A., where the song’s strings were recorded. The video cuts between those locales while the song evokes the tranquil yearning of a lonely lover: “Drag my finger round the rim / drag around a phantom limb when you’re gone,” Bedouine sings, her delicate vocals and fingerpicked guitar flurries accompanied by orchestral flourishes that lend them a gentle grandeur befitting the video’s breathtaking natural imagery.
“When You’re Gone” is Bedouine’s first release since last year’s “Come Down In Time” / “Hey, Who Really Cares?” The single comprised covers of Elton John and Linda Perhacs, respectively.
Bedouine has numerous SXSW 2019 performances on the docket, including an appearance at Paste’s own showcase. She’s also announced a new set of shows, including select dates in New York, L.A. and London.
Watch the “When You’re Gone” video and see Bedouine’s tour dates below.
Bedouine Tour Dates:
11 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW – 9:00pm – Banger’s Basement – Netflix/Collide
12 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW – 3:00pm – Cheer Up Charlies – Stereogum*
13 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW – 12:00am – Antone’s – Spacebomb Revue at SXSW
13 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW – 6:15pm – Hotel Vegas – Desert Daze*
13 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW – 9:00pm – Palm Door – Paradigm*
21 – Salford, U.K. @ Sacred Trinity Church
22 – London, U.K. @ Southbank Centre, Purcell Room (SOLD OUT)
06 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
07-08 – Sonoma, Calif. @ Huichica
13 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Moroccan Lounge
07 – London, U.K. @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
(* w/ Spacebomb House Band)