Biography


“The band's tumbling melodies, trippy lyrics, eclectic instrumental arrangements, and all-out pageantry have dazzled." -SPIN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Sophe Lux & The Mystic is an American art rock band notable for its social conscience, creative innovation and theatrical exploration. Blending electronica with operatic, soul, and Chamber Pop elements, Sophe Lux carved out it's unique voice gaining a passionate following in the US and abroad. 

Sophe Lux was formed in Portland, Oregon as a vehicle for singer-songwriter, Gwynneth Haynes younger sister of film director Todd Haynes (CarolI’m Not There, Velvet Goldmine). Critics have compared Sophe Lux with the likes of David Bowie, Kate Bush, St. Vincent, Peter Gabriel, and and Freddy Mercury

“Sophe Lux sounds like Kate Bush fronting The Decemberists and Queen in all of it's glittery art rock gospel glory”  -WNYC's “SOUND-CHECK”

In 2012, Haynes created Sophe Lux & The Mystic.  While maintaining allegiance to the musical depth and glittery-art rock sensibilities of earlier Sophe Lux, the new sound adds art pop, 80’s synths, R & B vocals, and etheric sonic collages.

As Sophe Lux & The Mystic, Haynes performed at the The Portland Art Museum, and  the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts’ Time Based Art Festival. Finding inspiration in the video and performance work of iamamiwhoami, Bjork, and Laurie Anderson, Haynes started creating performance, video, art, and costuming to illuminate the characters who inhabit her songs. These elements will illuminate the videos and live performance for the new album “All Are One.” 

“Describing Sophe Lux as avant-garde just doesn’t cut it. The Portland band’s live performance is brilliantly theatrical, and the wailing falsetto of Gwynneth Haynes transforms each show into a bona fide rock opera.”–WILLAMETTE WEEK

Live Shows 
Sophe Lux has performed shows alongside The Gossip, The Thermals, Anna Oxygen, Mt Saint Helen’s Vietnam Band, The Portland Cello Project, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, Classical Revolution, and Kristen Hersh. 

The band has toured and performed at festivals and venues across the country, some of which include: Joe’s Pub in New York City, Carnegie Melon UniversityGolden Gate Park in San Francisco, The Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, TBA Festival, Pacific University, University of Oregonand Portland State University.


Sophe Lux played live on WNYC’s Soundcheck, and Live Wire Radio. Sophe Lux has also been played been played on KCRW and on radio stations in a host across Europe, Russia, and Asia.  

Music Placements: The track "Electra 33" appeared on CW promos for TV show The Vampire Diaries "Target Market" appeared on Starz Network TV show Gravity.  "Void of Course" appeared on CW network TV show It’s a Beautiful Life

Awards: Haynes is the recipient of two Billboard World Songwriting Awards, and Two ASCAP Songwriter AwardsThe video for the song "Target Market" was honored with a screening at MIDEM in Cannes, France. The chamber/operatic pop compositions featured her songs “Electra 33”, “Marie Antoinette Robot”, and “Hungry Ghost,” spurred live performances and collaborations with The Portland Cello ProjectClassical Revolution, and The Portland Baroque Orchestra.