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What We Lose In the Fire We Gain In the Flood

The Mynabirds

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Rising from the ashes of D.C. pop duo Georgie James, singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn retreated to rural Oregon with singer-songwriter/producer Richard Swift, and recorded a collection of tunes as earthy as a bunch of handpicked wildflowers. Conjuring sun and soil and musty old houses with stories to tell, the songs on What We Lose In the Fire… have the feel and texture of artists like Dusty Springfield and the ‘60s; but plenty of moments put Burhenn in the here and now, alongside female vocalists like Sarah Jaffe and Chan Marshall of Cat Power. Joined by musicians from bands such as Bright Eyes, These United States and Azure Ray, tunes like “Numbers Don’t Lie” and “LA Rain” sway with soulful seduction, and Burhenn’s voice melts butter on tracks like “Give It Time,” “Right Place” and “What We Gained In the Fire.” Songs like “Let the Record Go” and “Wash It Out” turn up the drums a notch, and give the record some swagger, in the same way Thao Nguyen infuses her songs with a sexy kind of energy. It’s great to hear Burhenn’s vocals showcased in such fine material.

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Fantastic

This album is such a present surprise. I liked Georgie James when they were around, so I was instantly intrigued by a Laura Burhenn solo effort. This is so much better than I could have hope. Soulful, beautiful vocals combined with a back-to basics, roots rock approach provide a distinctive, rewarding listen that gets better each time. Burhenn delivers an amazing performance, sounding like a mix of Cat Power and Dusty Springfield. The band is great, really swinging on songs like "Let the Record Go," stomping on the opening track, and hanging back in contemplation on the later numbers. Mynabirds have created a retro-leaning record that manages to sound fresh and doesn't wear out it's welcome. One of my favorite albums of the year so far.

Smitten

Just saw them Saturday night in Omaha for their album release show. I could not believe how great her voice was live. her album is equally incredible. i'm so smitten!

heard about this album on all songs considered

I absolutely love track 4 "give it time." It knocked my socks off.

Biography

Formed: 2009

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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