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The Mynabirds, Lovers Know

In an era when record labels have mostly been reduced to faceless money-focused corporations, Saddle Creek is one of the handful that can be relied on (almost) consistently to release music with integrity, intelligence and passion. Following in the footsteps of such as Bright Eyes and Maria Taylor, The Mynabirds are shamelessly romantic but never schmaltzy. The core of the band is pianist/songwriter Laura Burhenn, whose strong but vulnerable vocals deliver smart lyrics in the verses, with memorably melodic hooks in the choruses. If Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey seem a tad too artifi cial for you, turn to The Mynabirds for a welcome blast of reality.