“Beautiful Woman” by Deradoorian


The “otherness” in my made up bio/description of all the things that go into Deradoorian’s music in general and “Beautiful Woman” specifically is not so much an otherness born of indie/alternative idiosyncrasy (though that’s certainly there).  Rather, it’s a considerably-less-hip-but-more-primal-and-urgent kind of otherness that comes screeching out of a tear in the fabric of culture and time.  It’s her Armenian roots and their complicated past (see Melodic Motion on the choruses), it’s the epistolary to the buried self within (“the one I wanna be”), and it’s the best answer to the self-doubt question and its demented relationship to gender that I’ve heard to date (because, after all, we all want to be the beautiful woman and we are in some way).  In addition, there is serious poetry in the sonic architecture of this song.  Synthy hiccups and mellifluous haunting yawps and a badass beat that is so not slick that it’s frankly the most refreshingly infectious thing I’ve heard in a long time.  It’s sort of epic, actually.  Angel is the insider going outside (for the spiritual? for the soul?) to make music because it feels right.  And in doing so, she invites us to explore our own unique confluences and hyphenations along the way.

-Alan Semerdjian

Deradoorian – “A Beautiful Woman” Live from anticon. on Vimeo.

Alan Semerdjian temp LRPoet and indie rocker Alan Semerdjian‘s work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications over the past twenty years including Adbusters, Diagram, and Brooklyn Rail.  He released a chapbook of poems called An Improvised Device (Lock n Load Press) in 2005 and his first full-length book, In the Architecture of Bone (GenPop Books), in 2009. He’s recorded ten collections of music in various projects including his most recent effort, Quiet Songs for Loud Times (Newsong Recordings, 2013).  His songs have appeared in television and film and charted on CMJ.  Alan resides in New York City’s East Village and teaches on Long Island.

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