Some time has passed since the 2009 release of LYENN’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Jollity Of My Boon Companion’, our first induction into the mysterious, willful world of LYENN and the remarkable musicians (like Shahzad Ismaily, Marc Ribot and Joel Hamilton) that surround him. 2011 saw the release of the beautiful EP ‘Vowels Fade First’ as an intermezzo but a new full album was on the back burner for a while, due to touring and some life-altering events.
Fuelled by the emotional turmoil in his recent past, the new full album “Slow Healer” wasn’t merely an option for LYENN but a must. And what a worthy successor to his debut it is! Iceland proved to be the perfect canvas for his fragile music and likewise state, and led to a collaboration with not only his faithful companion Shahzad Ismaily but also Mùm cellist Gyda Valtysdottir and drummer Julian Sartorius. On the new recordings LYENN’s music sounds pure and honest. Lucid tones are held together by a sparse use of instruments. The songs are undressed and embedded in an intriguing universe of fascinating sounds. The reach of LYENN’s voice is remarkably broad, ranging from angelic whispers to intense demonic shouts.
Nothing is forced neither planned. Spontaneity, freedom and improvisation are key, to step into a dialogue with his audience. Also in his live performances, no two sets are ever the same. All is instinctive, instantaneous and fleeting. And true magic descends upon the listener who is prepared to step into the moment with him. A powerful unity drifting upon the melancholic tide of a film noir.
LYENN’s second full album “Slow Healer” was released in the spring of 2016.