We’ve tried to write this intro several times, but all we can default to is this: Bedouine is probably a more important artist than even she realises. Azniv Korkejian, the press release tells us, was “born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery.” The genre she deals with? Oh, ironically for the current president: folk Americana.
It almost pains us to call it that, but then that’s what Bedouine and modern Americana are. On songs like Dusty Eyes and her latest Solitary Daughter, she delivers the sort of thing that would genuinely Make America Great Again. She’s part of the fabric of immigration, delivering treatises on the state of the world using her own perspective, with the latter song being a Dylan-esque reaction to traditional gender roles (“I’m not an island, I’m a body of water”). Check out both tracks below.