Azniv Korkejian has a voice like a wanderer, the kind who is happy to explore without maps or precision or path. Korkejian sings with intuition, wending inward, deeper into the heart of the matter, unafraid to bring the listener into the center of her intimacy. “Dusty Eyes” is the lead single off her smoky, dream-folk debut, the self-titled Bedouine, and it unfolds with the subtle nuances of a seduction or an argument. Bedouine is the French stylized take on the more traditional Arabic word for wanderer, bedouin, which nods to Korkejian’s heritage.
Though she has since spent plenty of time wandering the US, she was born in Aleppo, Syria — the site of one of the biggest humanitarian crises of the last decade — and grew up in Saudi Arabia with her Armenian parents. After relocating to America, Boston and Houston to be exact, she quickly got herself out to sunny LA. By calling herself Beduoine, Azniv can acknowledge her heritage while incorporating her own personal story, and twist it all together with the feminization of the spelling.