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Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Bird Songs of a Killjoy

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BIRD SONGS OF A KILLJOY

Bedouine (Spacebomb Records, 2019)

On the whole, Bird Songs of a Killjoy is much more birdsong than it is killjoy. The sophomore album from Syrian-born singer-songwriter Bedouine (born Azniv Korkejian, she adopted a name that evokes a nomadic wanderer) is filled with soothing folk, timeless sounds, and evergreen themes of love and heartache: "I see you come, but I feel you've gone / And I know there's no guarantees / In matters of the heart."

There is sometimes a dissonance between the calm of many of the tunes and the quiet power of Bedouine's vocals and lyrics. "Sunshine Sometimes" bounces along lightly, for example, but the song itself is a portrayal of longing and loneliness: "Don't have much to say /I just trade the day for the dark," Bedouine croons.

Unsurprisingly, bird imagery exists as a metaphor for relationships throughout the album. On "One More Time" Bedouine wonders, "Am I to you some sort of chain? …

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