The Mynabirds: “What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood”

Upon its release, the debut album from The Mynabirds received a rave review from Christianity Today — not just a good review, but a perfect, five-star score. Not long thereafter, the album received an 8.0 out of 10 from the indie tastemakers at Pitchfork. Individually, both of these scores might accurately be termed pretty darn good — especially for a new band who released their first record with relatively little hype preceding it — but taken together, it’s something of a coup; who else this side of Sufjan Stevens has garnered such glowing accolades from these two, wildly different critical organizations?

It seems almost baffling at first — and then you here the music. The Mynabirds, voiced by singer/songwriter Laura Burhenn, and produced by indie stalwart Richard Swift, take their name from a quasi-legendary, early ’60s group that featured a then-unknown Neil Young finding inspiration in old gospel and early R&B music. They never released an album, and at this point, they basically don’t need to; Burhenn channels the spirit that you can pretty much imagine flowing through such a group, and What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood is an album of magical contradictions. It is at once sepia-toned and in-the-moment, sounding like it could find its place in a church or a dingy, edge-of-town bar.

Read the rest at Stereo Subversion.


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