The Mynabirds have revealed their third album, Lovers Know, which will be released August 7th on Saddle Creek. Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, the album took over a year to record, with influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes, the LP recalls Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine. The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date.
The lead single from Lovers Know “Semantics,” is now available. you can listen and share the track below via YouTube.
“Semantics” explores the complicated optics that color any long-term love. “Have you heard about the Buddhist monks who meditated on polluted water molecules?” asks Burhenn. “The molecules changed from sad, brown amorphous things into beautiful geometric shapes that looked genuinely happy. That’s pretty much what this song is about. Long love is tough and it takes a lot of effort. It gets bent out of shape, and brown and a little amorphous over time. So in ‘Semantics’ I’m asking, “Does it matter what we call things, what we call ‘Us’? And yeah, it does. It can change everything. If we call love something beautiful, if we put the energy into it being that, we can transform into that.”
“Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it’s also the thing that can make us sing,” says Burhenn.