Album review: The Mynabirds ‘What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood’ (Saddle Creek)

Honey-dipped retro sounds to spoon sunshine in your ears

Back in the Saddle (Creek) is Laura Burhenn – half of disbanded candyfloss-pop duo Georgie James – whose breathy coo glides effortlessly over the golden ‘Dusty In Memphis’ glow that lights up the first Mynabirds album. The bombastic [b]‘Numbers Don’t Lie’[/b] harbours a sweeping ‘60s chorus of the kind Zooey Deschanel of She & Him would happily torch her vintage frock collection for, while the lingering [b]‘Give It Time’[/b] could just be Linda Ronstadt belting out a Chess Records slowie. It’s not all divine retro inspiration though; on [b]‘Good Heart’[/b], the melody is a tender alt.country sigh in the Bright Eyes mould.

[b]Leonie Cooper[/b]

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