What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
Author: Greg Edwards
Readers of this blog know that we cast a wide net now and again to cover releases of various sorts. Today we have chance to look at a recent releases by a group called the Mynabirds and their 30-minute CD What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (Saddle Creek). It's a collection of songs from the pop edge of the indie rock scene. The female vocalist is very good and solidifies the identity of the band. She has a strong set of pipes which she sometimes uses in a kind of richly sotto voce manner--in other words her singing is not full-throated at all points. She can get a breathier sound at times for higher expressive variety. The songs seem good and I would think as they keep on they will get even better.
There is a slight garage tinge to the music, but at the same time a sophistication to the songs to make it an intelligent sort of pop. I like this band and look for development down the line. If you are in the mood for a down-to-earth set of pop tunes, support the indies and check it out.