"I DARE you: gaze into this lady’s ecstatic theater-of-the-future and go freaking mad from the transcendent sublime prophetic vision you receive! Or, maybe I should say: I dare you NOT TO" -Tiny Mix Tapes
“The band's tumbling melodies, trippy lyrics, eclectic instrumental arrangements, and all-out pageantry have dazzled." -Spin
Sophe Lux & The Mystic is a vehicle for singer-songwriter, Gwynneth Haynes, younger sister of film director Todd Haynes, (Carol, I’m Not There, Velvet Goldmine). Critics have compared Haynes' music with the likes of Bjork, Kate Bush, David Bowie, Air, Peter Gabriel, and Florence and The Machine.
"There is plenty to savor on this ambitious album that looks at the heart of humanity as much as it does into the echelons of the universe. This is a superb collection of songs that contemplate life and the planet in all its glorious manifestations and moments. The recording is without question a profound statement artistically." Tuned Loud, 2017
Sophe Lux & The Mystic constructs lush electronic and chamber infused landscapes with vocals that are at times etheric and mystical, and at other times "soul-shattering."
"Haynes' keyboard playing is as pure and as potent as a mountain stream in spring, and as deft and as deliciously disorientating as a magician, while her voice is one that has engaged with love and life, and has matured its soul through the eyes of an all-embracing mystical being. Haynes embodies an infusion of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Cat Power and Bjork." -Tuned Loud 2017
Haynes' video for the song "All Are One" was featured on MTV Rock. Haynes has been featured in Psychology Today Magazine talking about Nietzsche.Haynes is a vegan and has been featured in Vegan Magazine. Her music will be featured with Moby in the upcoming audiobook "The Lost Love" by Michael Lanfield.
The Sophe Lux song Electra 33 appeared on over a dozen CW promos for The Vampire Diaries. The Sophe Lux song Target Market appeared on Starz Network's show Gravity. The Sophe Lux song Void of Course appeared on CW network's It’s a Beautiful Life.
Haynes is the recipient of two Billboard World Songwriting Awards, and Two ASCAP Songwriter Awards. The video for the song Target Market was honored with a screening at MIDEM in Cannes, France. Haynes' songs Electra 33, MarieAntoinette Robot, and Hungry Ghost, spurred live performances and collaborations with The Portland Cello Project, Classical Revolution, and The Portland Baroque Orchestra.
Before Sophe Lux & The Mystic, Haynes's project was simply called Sophe Lux. The earlier works under the name Sophe Lux are found on the albums Waking The Mystics (2007) and HungryGhost (2009). This period was characterized by Brecht-like accordion drenched cabarets: The shows were performed with lavish costumes, operates, and audacious theatrical moxie.
The song and video for Target Market dramatizes the hypnosis and rapture of the somnambulistic consumer, God Doesn't Take American Express takes on the hypocrisy of organized religion, Hungry Ghost explores the fall of America ending with an exorcism, and Marie Antoinette Robot depicts the Blade Runner-like monarch in full existential crisis.
During this period Haynes was up and running with a rotating band of talented musicians for recording and performing from Portland (some who are members of The Decemberists, Elliot Smith, and Steve Malkmus and The Jicks): Paul Pulvirenti,John Moen, Larry Crane, Mike Clark, Erika Miller, Kelly Goodwin, Twayn Williams, Scott Appleman, Kent Sisson, Ken Yates, Briana Ratterman, Mattie Kaiser, Paul Anderson, and Jeff Graizer.
The band toured and performed at festivals and venues across the country, some of which include: Joe’s Pub in New York City, Carnegie Melon University, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, The Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, TBA Festival, Pacific University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University.