The Mynabirds Release
New Video for “Believer”
Currently On West Coast Tour
6/7 – San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
6/8 – Big Sur, CA at Henry Miller Library
6/11 – Sonoma, CA at Huichica Festival
“Lovers Know sounds like a collection of jewels, bright and eclectic… [and] writ larger than anything else Burhenn has done with The Mynabirds.” – NPR
“Don’t be surprised to find yourself falling in regretless love as you watch her…” – KEXP
The Mynabirds (moniker of singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn) have just released a strikingly ominous video to accompany track “Believer,” which comes off album Lovers Know released last August via Saddle Creek. Premiered on BlackBook, the video was directed by Michael Erik Nikolla and and produced by Gabriel Younes. With nods to David Lynch and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the video begins with Laura walking through the streets of her Echo Park neighborhood where she comes face-to-face with a cult in white jumpsuits — with some very familiar faces from Saddle Creek and other bands. Look closely and you’ll see cameos from members of Rilo Kiley, The Good Life, Big Harp, Neva Dinova and Whispertown.
Burhenn tells BlackBook of the video, “‘Believer’ is a song about completely losing any shred of faith you have left, in yourself most of all. When I was talking to Michael, the director, about that, he came up with this brilliant twist to make the video a horror-tinged love song to my new neighborhood and the friends who’ve stood by my side through it all. Sometimes you’ve got to run through the darkest night to get to the dawn.”
Lovers Know, The Mynabirds’ third album, was recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It’s new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way.
Watch and share “Believer” here and don’t miss The Mynabirds as they embark on a string of intimate, stripped-down west coast tour dates.