I have always had this compulsion to go “into the wild” when life has presented itself as more difficult or boring than advertised.  According to the press materials for Laura Burhenn’s newest release under the Mynabirds moniker, we share this fantasy.  After some extensive touring with The Postal Service (they are a fairly well known electro-pop outfit from the early 2000’s) Laura took some time to drive across America twice, tour South Africa solo, and explore Europe with the sound and fury of Faulkner’s prose reverberating behind her eyes.  I can relate… (to the self exploration stuff, not the touring as a member of the Postal Service stuff).  Her songs gathered here to express those experiences are as expansive as the American West, but as personal as quiet contemplation at a river’s edge. I suggest you hear what she has to say.

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The Details

Lovers Know is now available for PRE-ORDER! On JULY 24 you will have access to to an exclusive stream of the album! Two weeks later, on release day - AUGUST 7 - your account will be updated to download the album in 320 Kbps MP3s. We will ship your order by release date.

After touring the world as a member of The Postal Service in 2013, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) took a year to get lost. She drove across the US twice, toured South Africa solo, made her first appearance in London (also solo), and trekked all over Europe with William Faulkner’s words ringing in her ears: “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” Finally she found herself in Los Angeles with a suitcase of songs to fill a whole new album.

Whereas previous album GENERALS, watched from a wide angle to understand the world at a distance, Lovers Know pulls in close. “There’s something about wandering the world over,” Laura says, “that makes you realize how similar we all are – everyone searching for something, so often the same thing: love. It may sound trite, but it’s true. Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it’s also the thing that can make us sing.”

Lovers Know, was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter (Black English) and recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It’s definitely new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way. Lyrically this is her most personal and confessional work to date, and also her most accessible.

Thanks to Saddle Creek for the tip!

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