Bedouine (aka Azniv Korkejian) was one of the best breakout artists of last year, thanks to her intimate folk sound that has a clear early '70s influence but that she really makes her own. So it's exciting that she has now put her twist on two songs that are actually from the early '70s for a new 7" that's out today. One of them is "Hey, Who Really Cares?", one of the highlights of Linda Perhacs' psychedelic folk classic Parallelograms, and the other is Elton John's "Come Down In Time" from his 1970 album Tumbleweed Connection. Bedouine is a clear disciple of artists like Linda Perhacs, so it's no surprise that she sounds like a natural doing "Hey, Who Really Cares?," and she reworks the Elton John song to fit her more stripped-back style too. Here's what she says about the covers:

"Come Down in Time" is a beautifully bizarre song. The instrumentation is incredible. It sounds like they’re all courting each other, so interwoven but everything perfectly in its nook. The lyrics are special too, especially the ending, the way it hangs in the air. It’s just an amazing song.

"Hey, Who Really Cares?" is my favorite Perhacs tune. How has this not been sampled? Or has it? It’d sound stunning with a backbeat. We were tempted to do that but were limited with time so we used an analog metronome and Gus performed the delay on the tape echo. I had the privilege of singing with Linda a few years back. Somebody sample this song!

Bedouine has done both covers live before too. Listen to the recorded versions and watch videos of live versions below.

Also, Elton John is a Bedouine fan.

(h/t Stereogum)