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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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Albums by
The Mynabirds

Top Songs by
The Mynabirds

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

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