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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.   Generals
  3.   Body of Work
  4.   Numbers Don't Lie
  5.   All I Want is Truth (For Christmas)
  6.   Buffalo Flower
  7.   Leonora
  8.   Fallen Doves
  9.   One Foot
  10.   We Made a Mountain
  11.   Last Time
  12.   Disaster
  13.   Semantics
  14.   Wolf Mother
  15.   Mightier Than the Sword
  16.   Shake Your Head Yes
  17.   Say Something
  18.   What We Gained in the Fire
  19.   Believer
  20.   Greatest Revenge
  21.   Wildfire
  22.   Give It Time
  23.   Hanged Man
  24.   All My Heart
  25.   Disarm
  26.   Radiator Sister
  27.   Ways of Looking
  28.   Good Heart
  29.   La Rain
  30.   This Will Be Our Year
  31.   Wash It Out
  32.   Omaha
  33.   Right Place
  34.   Karma Debt
  35.   Orion
  36.   Let the Record Go
  37.   Velveteen
  38.   Bad Moon Rising
  39.   In the Mouths of Wolves
  40.   [CD-ROM Track]

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