Another point for talented female artists of 2012: Behind releases from Kimbra, Sharon Van Etton, Beach House, the Ting Tings, Lower Dens, La Sera, First Aid Kit (the list goes on and on) comes The Mynabirds. Led by Laura Burhenn, hailing first from Washington, DC, now Omaha, NE, and buddy-buddy with the likes of Conner Oberst, The Mynabirds is classic female-led indie music. A beautiful lead woman with bright eyes, long hair, and bangs that nearly cover her face, defining the fashion trends for Urban Outfitter’s upcoming season. She sings mostly alto and wails on her keyboard in some combination of soul and modern pop, with sometimes thrashing, but always controlled, emotion.
The Mynabirds’ sophomore album Generals came out at the beginning of June, a strong follow up to their 2010 release What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (see our previous post here.) It builds slowly until the title track, which is third, then oscillates downward in energy to the classic-sounding “Greatest Revenge.” Despite the decrescendo in energy, the album still sustains itself, because it’s completely driven by beats and electronic sounds, which, even when slow and uninteresting, are still catchy. And the immense range of song styles all suit Burhenn’s voice, which, except for a few rare but appropriate hollow spots, is most often chock-full of feminine power and resolve. The album starts and ends with the same declaration: “I’d give it all, I’d give it all, for a legacy of love.” The album is the musical equivalent to a woman on a crusade, as well as all of her strife along that journey, to create/find the greatest and only good in the world: love.
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