LOVERS KNOW 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.

LOVERS KNOW

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.

GENERALS: REMIXED (2013) After over a year dedicated to GENERALS Laura Burhenn is spending 2013 out on the road as a touring member of The Postal Service. Leading up to the tour, Laura recruited some of her favorite artists to re-imagine tracks from the record and came away with remixes from Dntel (aka Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service), Richard Swift, Clark Baechle of The Faint, and Field Days.   These four tracks are collected on a limited edition (of 1000) blue vinyl 12" that includes a free digital download of the four song EP along with two bonus remixes not pressed on vinyl (by Dimitry Mak & Kapla and Kiidsmoke).

GENERALS: REMIXED (2013)

After over a year dedicated to GENERALS Laura Burhenn is spending 2013 out on the road as a touring member of The Postal Service. Leading up to the tour, Laura recruited some of her favorite artists to re-imagine tracks from the record and came away with remixes from Dntel (aka Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service), Richard Swift, Clark Baechle of The Faint, and Field Days.  

These four tracks are collected on a limited edition (of 1000) blue vinyl 12" that includes a free digital download of the four song EP along with two bonus remixes not pressed on vinyl (by Dimitry Mak & Kapla and Kiidsmoke).

BODY OF WORK 7" (2012) "Body of Work" was the second single from GENERALS and includes B-side "In the Mouths of Wolves", a non-album track from the GENERALS sessions. Limited edition of 1000 pressed on random color vinyl. 4-panel fold-out jacket can be folded into an origami wild horse!

BODY OF WORK 7" (2012)

"Body of Work" was the second single from GENERALS and includes B-side "In the Mouths of Wolves", a non-album track from the GENERALS sessions.

Limited edition of 1000 pressed on random color vinyl. 4-panel fold-out jacket can be folded into an origami wild horse!

GENERALS 7" (2012) Originally released as a Record Store Day 2012 7", "Generals" is the first track from 2012's album, "GENERALS". This MP3 release includes the b-side "Fallen Doves."

GENERALS 7" (2012)

Originally released as a Record Store Day 2012 7", "Generals" is the first track from 2012's album, "GENERALS". This MP3 release includes the b-side "Fallen Doves."

GENERALS (2012) In place of the Zen meditations found on The Mynabirds’ first album, GENERALS is filled with armies of stomps and claps, sweeping full spectrum orchestrations, and moments that range from intensely personal pleas to shout-out-loud protests with teeth. GENERALS is both a protest record and concept album. It’s fueled by a full decade of Burhenn’s political frustration and aimed at finding a revolutionary yet pacifist way in a world where, these days, it seems warring comes quick. Lyrically, GENERALS sings the voice of the collective frustration, then moves beyond that.  The album’s name comes from a Richard Avedon photo entitled “Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution.” The lineage of women that have stood up to injustice for well over a hundred years, women like Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, Naomi Wolf, they get their hands dirty. And Burhenn wanted to pay tribute to that. In conjunction with the release of the album, Burhenn launched a yearlong portrait project called The New Revolutionists (www.thenewrevolutionists.org). In 2012, an election year, when so much time, energy and money was spent on political contests, Burhenn wanted to shine a light on women making a difference, often on shoestring or even nonexistent budgets, in their own communities all over America, whether they’re making headlines or not.  

GENERALS (2012)

In place of the Zen meditations found on The Mynabirds’ first album, GENERALS is filled with armies of stomps and claps, sweeping full spectrum orchestrations, and moments that range from intensely personal pleas to shout-out-loud protests with teeth.

GENERALS is both a protest record and concept album. It’s fueled by a full decade of Burhenn’s political frustration and aimed at finding a revolutionary yet pacifist way in a world where, these days, it seems warring comes quick. Lyrically, GENERALS sings the voice of the collective frustration, then moves beyond that. 

The album’s name comes from a Richard Avedon photo entitled “Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution.” The lineage of women that have stood up to injustice for well over a hundred years, women like Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, Naomi Wolf, they get their hands dirty. And Burhenn wanted to pay tribute to that.

In conjunction with the release of the album, Burhenn launched a yearlong portrait project called The New Revolutionists (www.thenewrevolutionists.org). In 2012, an election year, when so much time, energy and money was spent on political contests, Burhenn wanted to shine a light on women making a difference, often on shoestring or even nonexistent budgets, in their own communities all over America, whether they’re making headlines or not.
 

ALL I WANT IS TRUTH (FOR CHRISTMAS) 7" (2010) The Mynabirds followed their critically-adored debut What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood with a holiday single featuring anti-Xmas song "All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)" backed with a cover of The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year."  

ALL I WANT IS TRUTH (FOR CHRISTMAS) 7" (2010)

The Mynabirds followed their critically-adored debut What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood with a holiday single featuring anti-Xmas song "All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)" backed with a cover of The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year."
 

WHAT WE LOSE IN THE FIRE WE GAIN IN THE FLOOD (2010) Following the demise of Georgie James, Laura Burhenn (half of the former DC duo) gathered her favorite books, records, and people around her and wrote what would become the first album from her new band. Recorded in the rugged hills of Oregon in the summer of 2009 with singer-songwriter/producer Richard Swift at the helm, What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood tells the story of loss and recovery, the music nodding to gospel and garage, the lyrics following a Zen trajectory.  “I wanted to make a record that felt like Neil Young doing Motown,” Laura says, “something simple and strong, old and new at once.” The discovery of the near mythical 60’s R&B group, The Mynah Birds, featuring none other than Neil Young (and Rick James among others), seemed all too serendipitous. Thus, The Mynabirds found their namesake. While we may never fully know what it sounded like when Rick James and Neil Young came together, The Mynabirds certainly summon that spirit, making a sound all their own, with echoes of Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry bleeding through the tape.

WHAT WE LOSE IN THE FIRE WE GAIN IN THE FLOOD (2010)

Following the demise of Georgie James, Laura Burhenn (half of the former DC duo) gathered her favorite books, records, and people around her and wrote what would become the first album from her new band. Recorded in the rugged hills of Oregon in the summer of 2009 with singer-songwriter/producer Richard Swift at the helm, What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood tells the story of loss and recovery, the music nodding to gospel and garage, the lyrics following a Zen trajectory. 

“I wanted to make a record that felt like Neil Young doing Motown,” Laura says, “something simple and strong, old and new at once.” The discovery of the near mythical 60’s R&B group, The Mynah Birds, featuring none other than Neil Young (and Rick James among others), seemed all too serendipitous. Thus, The Mynabirds found their namesake. While we may never fully know what it sounded like when Rick James and Neil Young came together, The Mynabirds certainly summon that spirit, making a sound all their own, with echoes of Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry bleeding through the tape.