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Waking The Mystics

by Sophe Lux

Theatrical baroque operatic-pop.
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Target Market
4:19 $0.99
2. Lonely Girl
4:01 $0.99
3. Marie Antoinette Robot 2073 (a Rock Opera)
7:17 $0.99
4. Time of Light
2:11 $0.99
5. Little Soldier of Time
3:37 $0.99
6. President
5:50 $0.99
7. God Doesn't Take American Express
4:49 $0.99
8. String Theory
3:59 $0.99
9. Lou Salome
3:58 $0.99
10. Stella
2:54 $0.99
11. Electra 33
4:06 $0.99
12. Girl of Your Tomorrow
3:03 $0.99
13. Fill Me Up With Grace (Live)
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sophe Lux is an imaginative and daring pop band based in Portland, OR. The band's trademarks include well-crafted songwriting, provocative lyrics, commanding vocals and stylish pop-hooks. The band returns music to art-rock spectacle with whimsical and audacious aplomb.

With bold theatrical gestures and scathing social and political commentary, the band has been seducing audiences for more than three years. Sophe Lux is cherished for the exuberant live performances including tongue-in-cheek Dadaist theatrics, fantastical sets, and lavish Victorian costumes.

In their upcoming release, "Waking the Mystics," the band offers an exciting and unique sound: bejeweled theatrical rock, French Opera and quirky indie-pop interwoven with tightly-layered harmonies, Louis XIV harpsicords, looped Eno-inspired guitars and twisted carnival accordians. The music seems to cast a prism of early Kate Bush, David Bowie, Roxy Music and Freddie Mercury.

The music of Sophe Lux covers an engaging world of literary invention. "Marie-Antoinette Robot 2073" for example, is a rock opera in five parts. This song presents an imaginative commentary on how the age of technology alienates and erases identity, as seen through the eyes of a baroque robot struggling against an existential crisis. Another example, "Target Market," is a cunning attack on the relationship between consumerism, possession, hypnosis and sleep juxtaposed against a Russian waltz beat.

Sophe Lux appears with The Decemberists, Viva Voce and The Joggers on the OE Base complilation (compiled by Dave Allen of Gang of Four) showcasing the best bands of 2004.

In 2006, the band's songwriter, Wendy Haynes, was awarded an ASCAP new songwriter award.

Sophe Lux's radio appearances include KCRW in Los Angeles and KOOBA Radio in the United Kingdom. Locally, the band has appeared on KNRK, Oregon Public Broadcasting's Live Wire Radio and KBOO.


"Intelligent rock stars seem to be a rarity these days which is why Sophe Lux should be relished and soaked up like the sun. Deliciously unraveling guitar and bass lines... A cocktail of Liz Phair, Tori Amos, and Cat Power." -The Oregonian

"Sophe Lux: A rich blend of the world's finest indie legends."-Sizzling CD's "With thick, moody melodies, Sophe Lux places heavenly hypno-vocals over weighty rock like a drunken jazz singer in a fit of raging depression. These songs take lumbering swings at you in a mad, lovely, musical dance."-Willamette Week

"All of my favorite feminist pop stars have been letting me down lately from Liz Phair's spectacular career suicide to Cat Power's contrived onstage meltdowns to PJ Harvey's tributes to greasy Vincent Gallo. None of these ladies seem to be able to keep it together, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered Sophe Lux. Wendy Haynes fronts a talented band that plays lush, brainy, girl positive pop. Dark but never veering into emo territory, Haynes's lyrics are intelligent and heartfelt. -Portland Mercury

"Haynes' lovely voice gives us strong, moving songs with lyrics that bite deep. It is fair to say that Sophe Lux is not your average band. Bless them." -Anna Maria Stjarnell for Collected Sounds

"Sophe Lux is a moody rock band centered on one very talented woman. That woman is Wendy Haynes. A highly original songwriter in the vein of PJ Harvey and Cat Power. Her songs are dark, surreal narratives delivered with the lazy love-sick cadence of a woman who's been there and back." -Willamette Week

"Hip-hopping Lifesavas headlined the house but too late. The buzz had already been stollen by Sophe Lux, fronted by Wendy Haynes, lyrical little sister of Oscar-coated film director Todd Haynes." -Oregonian Living



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Erica Vincent

I have listened to this CD insesently since I got it. I immediately put it on my computer and my MP3 player as well!! LOVE Sophe Lux. I like all the songs on this cd, but I would have to say my favs are Electra 33, God Doesn't Take American Express, Marie Antoinette Robot 2073, oh, well, i guess they are all my favs!! lol

David crowe

Fresh sounds from a talented band, very enjoyable!
This CD is so broad in it's influences it's hard to pin down. Kate Bush is the obvious one but Hazel O'connor is also there as well as more contemporary bands like the Dresden Dolls, but this should not distract from enjoying Sophe Lux for themselves as they still sound fresh to the ears.


Absolutely gorgeous CD. From the different sounds of 'Target Market,' to the phenomenal vocals and melodies in 'Fill me up With Grace' this CD is one of the best I've heard in quite a while.

Mark Bullock

Mystic and amazing
Wow! So glad I found this on CDbaby (my new fave music store!) some really fantastic experimental pop on this album! I wont go through the tracks but I wil say give it a go, the lead singer is one to watch!


Lovely and engaging music but pretentious vocals
I cringed through parts of this otherwise very good album due to the odd, affected British accent of the lead singer. She didn't keep it up throughout the whole album, fortunately, but whenever her weird fake voice reappeared my enjoyment was ruined. I don't understand why someone with such a pretty voice would feel it artistically necessary to do that.

A Very Short List

A cool, glam, genre busting album
The first time you hear the latest Sophe Lux release, Waking the Mystics (available now), your memory might flood with glittering bits and pieces of other artists — Kate Bush, the Decemberists, Queen — but by the second or third time around, you’ll be hard-pressed to categorize this Portland, Oregon–based quintet. The band’s second album is packed with ambitious songs that range from moody minor-key melodies to full-throttle majestic mini–rock operas.

Sophe Lux’s lead singer and songwriter, Gwyneth Haynes, is the sister of flamboyant filmmaker Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven) and clearly has inherited a family flair for theatrics. Her voice has a wondrous, shape-shifting quality — soft and delicate one moment, manic and banshee-like the next — as the group cheekily tackles topics from somnambulism to robots. Don’t miss the standout tracks “Target Market,” “Little Soldier of Time,” and the awesomely schizophrenic “Electra 33.”

Robin Pitts

Fantastic theatrical masterpiece
I don't dislike a single track on this album. Whilst the vocals are theatrical in some songs they're used to great effect and don't annoy me like some theatrical vocals can. 'Fill Me Up With Grace' features such amazing vocals and lyrics that it has become one of my favourite songs. My only criticism of it is that it's not long enough, I just don't want it to stop. The album is a must buy for anyone who favours female vocals, genuinely good lyrics and catchy melodies. 5 stars.


I loved it!
I love it! That is all there is to say i listen to it almost every day.

tara young

Such an amazing album.
Every song blows me away.

Robert Trail

I first found out about Sophe Lux when I got a message on My Space saying they wanted to add me to their friends. So, I checked out their page and was blown away! I bought their CD and it blew me away as well. It's quite differant then anything out there. The best way I can discribe it is by saying it's kinda like psychedelic caberet music. They remind me of such bands and musicians as The Dresden Dolls, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Queen and Tori Amos. I believe fans of any of these artists would at least find this album interesting to check out. It's very differant from the "norm" in music these days and it's very refreshing.
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