What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
Author: Stephen Seigel
The Mynabirds is the nom de musique of Laura Burhenn, who was half of the duo Georgie James. Her debut album, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, was released in April on Saddle Creek, and the tracks I've heard from it are fantastic. On "Let the Record Go," Burhenn comes off like a more soulful Cat Power against a propulsive, staccato beat, while "Numbers Don't Lie" reminds of the dusky gospel-tinged soul of Dusty Springfield. The album has received raves from most media outlets that have reviewed it, including The Associated Press, USA Today and Pitchfork, which gave it an 8.0 and called it "a set of bold, assured songs so elegantly composed that many could pass for old standards."
The Mynabirds will perform on the patio of Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Saturday, July 10. The Atomic Duo opens at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Call 622-8848 for further details.