Like her name implies, Bedouine’s music has a nomadic heart. Sweeping, hypnotic. Esoteric yet familiar. It is untethered to place because its home is everywhere.
Bedouine travels a spectrum of 60s folk to 70s country funk; All the while nodding to the at-ease vocals of a Brazilian songstress. "Suggestive of the nomadic tribe from which Bedouine draws its name, it’s the stuff of dreams, especially the kind you only vaguely access,,” says Buzzbands.la
“It’s in my roots,” Bedouine says over a tenuous skype connection from Saudi Arabia. “I love exploring different places and sounds. My childhood was this amalgamation of different cultures, so I’ve never really belonged to a particular place. But being nomadic can be a beautiful thing if you’re accepting of it—not knowing exactly what you’re doing or where you’re going, but with conviction. Being experimental, even with your intentions.”
An outsider and an introvert, Bedouine prefers anonymity but loves making music enough to share hers with anyone willing to listen—even if it means confronting her fears. An aversion to the spotlight led her away from the stage for several years, where she worked from the shadows, composing music for independent films and art installations until something unexpected happened—she wound up in Los Angeles and experienced the opposite of the cliché.
“The joy I get from making music has nothing to do with any kind of recognition,” Bedouine says, “so when I moved to L.A., I had no intention of pursuing music as a career. But then I started meeting so many inspiring people—talented musicians who were living these double lives, going out on the road with successful bands and playing stadiums, and then coming home to this amazing scene and playing all these great little clubs and bars. It made the idea of starting over with my music less intimidating, and it made me more comfortable with the idea of performing. L.A. actually made me less jaded.”
She soon fell in with the tight-knit community of performers in her Echo Park neighborhood, spending nights trading songs and listening to records with some of L.A.’s best underground artists. “One of my favorite ways to hang out with people,” Bedouine says, “is to take turns listening to each other’s music, bouncing ideas back and forth.”
Over the last few years, she’s been recording her debut album with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka, Nora Jones). It will be released in 2017 followed by alot of touring.