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Bedouine SPACE­BOMB 8/10 Hol­ly­wood sound ed­i­tor’s al­lur­ingly moody first A quick scan of Azniv Korke­jian’s CV shows that her alias is no af­fec­ta­tion: born in Syria, she grew up in Saudi Ara­bia and later moved with her fam­ily to the US. There, she lived in sev­eral dif­fer­ent states be­fore set­tling in Los An­ge­les. Ar­tis­ti­cally, she’s very much at home on the Space­bomb la­bel, although her take on vin­tage folk pop and or­ches­tral coun­try soul is com­pellingly par­tic­u­lar, with sub­tle in­flec­tions of Gal­lic pop (on “You Kill Me”) and re­betika (“Sum­mer Cold”). warmth and easy el­e­gance dom­i­nate, yet Korke­jian’s songs aren’t with­out mood up­sets, most strik­ingly “Soli­tary Daugh­ter”, an off-cen­tre syn­the­sis of Co­hen, Cash and KD Lang that’s full of poignant self-eval­u­a­tion. SHARoN o’CoN­Nell

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