Track plucked from Portland outfit’s August debut LP. (Above photo: Julian Tobon)
By Blurt Staff
The band used to be called Sophe Lux, but more recently expanded as Sophe Lux & the Mystic. Well, the name itself “expanded”. Where previously frontwoman Gwynneth Haynes operated the group, starting in 2002, as a vehicle for her self-described “cabaret-informed operatic-glam pageantry” and frequently tapped the talents of fellow Portlandians who were members of the Decemberists and Steven Malkmus’ The Jicks, her more recent iteration is a solo vehicle. SL&TM’s debut All Are One arrived August 19, and the new video from the album is a must-view. Check out “Love Is Waiting”:
The album was co-produced by Haynes and veteran studio maven Larry Crane. According to the Haynes camp,
“The album’s sound arose organically and intuitively, primarily using analogue instruments. Haynes wrote the songs, sang all vocals, played piano, B-3 Organ, synthesizer, and vintage drum machines and created intricate string and operatically flavored vocal arrangements. Crane laid down bass lines, programed drums, and played Fripp & Eno inspired e-bowed guitar. He manipulated all this to create psychedelic sound collages full of surreal sonic nuances. Paul Pulvirenti (touring and session drummer for Elliot Smith), came in one day and laid down beats that became loops that were then interwoven with programmed drums. Dan Lowinger (Western Centuries) added guitar to “Love is Waiting” and “Your Wonderland.”
Incidentally, Haynes has been making music since her early teens, and there’s artistry in her DNA: her brother is acclaimed film director Todd Haynes.
On the web: www.sophelux.com