While working on the follow up to The Mynabirds’ sophomore album, Generals, songwriter Laura Burhenn found her thoughts turning toward the transcendental. She immersed herself in watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and reading Buddhist texts, fixating on the idea of death and reconstruction. It led to her spending immense time contemplating a Tibetan puzzle: “If death is certain, and the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?”
These reflections on carbon and karma informed her upcoming third album, Lovers Know, out August 7th via Saddle Creek. We’ve already heard her contemplate these philosophies with “Semantics”, now she’s adding in a bit of literary inspiration with her latest single, “Wildfire”.
“‘Wildfire’ is about staying alive, staying wild, living and loving to the fullest, despite death nipping at our heels,” Burhenn tells Consequence of Sound. “It’s an ode to that Jack Kerouac quote from On the Road, and everyone in this world who embodies that and inspires the hell out of me: ‘The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.’”
The song itself feels lighter than the complex ideas it hosts. Burhenn’s vocals may be weighty, but they move slowly over snappy drum loops and funk-inspired bass grooves. Her message isn’t lost within the bright production. Her lyrics echo Kerouac’s spirit of adventure, celebrating life and the poignancy of mere existence.
Listen in below.
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