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The Mynabirds

Before forming the Mynabirds in 2009, Laura Burhenn made her living as a solo artist in Washington, D.C., where she also founded Laboratory Records in 1999. Eight years later, she teamed up with John Davis -- another veteran of the local music scene -- to form an experimental duo named Georgie James. Although Davis’ previous group, Q and Not U, had been known for its aggressive post-hardcore music, Georgie James looked to pop groups for inspiration, particularly harmony-heavy outfits like the Zombies and the Kinks. The group didn’t last long, though, with Burhenn and Davis going their separate ways after releasing one album. For her next project, Burhenn decided to stay with Saddle Creek, the same Nebraska-based label that had released Georgie James’ debut in 2007. She wrote a new batch of songs inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Motown, and Carole King, and eventually relocated to Oregon to record the material with producer Richard Swift. Another Saddle Creek artist, Orenda Fink, helped Burhenn assemble a solid backing band, and the resulting record -- What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, which Burhenn released under the Mynabirds moniker -- appeared in 2010. A limited-edition 7", "All I Want Is Truth (For Xmas)," arrived in 2011, followed by the group's sophomore outing, Generals, in 2012. Burhenn toured as a member of the reunited Postal Service in 2013 until their official disbandment that summer, then toured solo in locales including South Africa amidst taking time off for writing and continuing to travel internationally. Produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of NO, a third Mynabirds album, Lovers Know, appeared in the summer of 2015 with lyrics informed by her journeys and lusher synth pop sounds reflecting more '80s influences than '60s. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Numbers Don't Lie
  3.   Body of Work
  4.   Generals
  5.   All I Want is Truth (For Christmas)
  6.   Let the Record Go
  7.   Radiator Sister
  8.   Fallen Doves
  9.   Right Place
  10.   Wolf Mother
  11.   Bad Moon Rising
  12.   Give It Time
  13.   Disarm
  14.   Disaster
  15.   Karma Debt
  16.   What We Gained in the Fire
  17.   Ways of Looking
  18.   Wash It Out
  19.   Good Heart
  20.   In the Mouths of Wolves
  21.   Greatest Revenge
  22.   Buffalo Flower
  23.   Mightier Than the Sword
  24.   This Will Be Our Year
  25.   We Made a Mountain
  26.   La Rain
  27.   [CD-ROM Track]
  28.   All My Heart
  29.   Believer
  30.   Semantics
  31.   Say Something
  32.   Orion
  33.   Velveteen
  34.   Shake Your Head Yes
  35.   Wildfire
  36.   Omaha
  37.   One Foot
  38.   Hanged Man
  39.   Last Time

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