Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

Formed in DC in 2009, The Mynabirds are poised to surprise and entertain whichever audiences they come across. Driven by the airy yet powerful vocals of Laura Burhenn (think a not-quite-as-radical Florence Welch), the music is instrumental pop driven sometimes by piano, sometimes by guitar, and sometimes by the beats themselves, which are always the centerpiece. The music floats and stings in equal measures, never becoming tiresome or lacking in originality.

Their album “GENERALS” is more open-air on the production side, while “What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood” is more contained. While their most recent record, “Lovers Know”, is the most colorful, they do just as well with spare instrumentation. Thematically, the album discusses the dark sides of passion, uncertainty, and addiction. “I don’t want half of anything”, Laura croons on the opener, “All My Heart”. Constantly driving forward while never leaving fans in the dust, The Mynabirds eschew half measures, choosing instead to dive in head-first.

Take a listen to “Cocoon” from the recent release BE HERE NOW: Part I

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