Whenever she sings, Seattle-based songwriter, Whitney Lyman, takes on a new form. In one moment she’s in midnight-purple shroud, humming low. In another, she’s throwing twin dice and exploding into a beam of starlight. Lyman, whose music is born from mystical sensibilities, has shared this spirit with a wide array of audiences, from Sofar Sounds in New York with an acoustic to Jimmy Kimmel Live in L.A. with the Grammy-nominated Odesza.
Lyman, a multi-instrumentalist, has performed with standout Emerald City projects Pollens, the Seattle Rock Orchestra and Theoretics. But she released her debut solo record, Pleasure/Pain, in May 2018. Equal parts spiritual and forlorn introspection, the album was recorded at the famed London Bridge Studios and features myriad instrumentalists including the Grammy-winning violinist, Andrew Joslyn. It received acclaim from outlets like King5 News and Artist Home.
Inspired by a dream in which Lyman, in poisonous snake form, bit herself to avoid an oncoming eagle’s capture, Pleasure/Pain showcases the artist’s gambling nature. Lyman never stays in a single place long, switching between vocals, guitar, piano and bandleader. She finds a home in indie rock, soul, dream pop and the ethereal corporeal. Lyman’s work casts a long shadow. Like silver-blue moonlight creeping over your rooftop. (Jacob Uitti)
"Whitney Lyman has some really superb songwriting and her music walks this really beautiful line between folk, pop, and rock, is that a line or more like standing somewhere in the middle of a venn diagram?" -Secretly Important