LYENN

LYENN

Lyenn produces melodious sounds, ranging from angelic, soft whispers to piercing, tortured screams. His vocals penetrate deep layers of emotion and create an intense, chilling experience for his audience. Lyenn’s music grazes the soul, using a wide variety of instruments sparingly and soberly.

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Frederic “Lyenn” Jacques has toured the world extensively as bass player in Mark Lanegan’s band. Together with Bert Dockx and Steven Cassiers - Fred Lyenn makes up for 1/3rd of the jazzrock trio Dans Dans. He has also had the opportunity to share his own music on tour – in Europe, USA and even China – and has moved people with his art wherever he has been. 

In 2009 LYENN’s critically acclaimed debut album 'The Jollity Of My Boon Companion’, was our first induction into the mysterious, willful world of LYENN and the remarkable musicians (like Shahzad Ismaily, Marc Ribot and Joel Hamilton) that surrounded him. 2011 saw the release of the equally 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.

When recording his second full album “Slow Healer”(2016), the worthy successor to his debut, 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 these recordings LYENN’s music sounds pure and honest. Lucid tones are held together by a sparse use of instruments. Nothing is forced neither planned. Spontaneity, freedom and improvisation are key, to step into a dialogue with his audience.

 

And no matter how much we like to see LYENN play bass with Mark Lanegan or lead Dans Dans, time has come for him to let us in again on the songs that have been lurking inside him all these years. In 2020 we can join ‘Adrift’ and follow his flow. The album was recorded completely live in Iceland, again with Shazaad Ismaily. It contains some of the timid singer-songwriter, a multilingual Jeff Buckley on piano or Nick Drake on bouzouki. Miniature landscapes loom out of the fog, reminiscent of late Talk Talk or Mark Hollis' solo work. His pop music is refined like David Sylvian's, even if it is just two notes sometimes. ‘Adrift’ comes straight out of the life of Fred Lyenn Jacques. He is a searcher, never and always sure of himself. He surrenders himself to the music and passes it on to us, with a lot of patience and fortune in the form of a record. Like ‘Adrift’, and nothing else. (Out the 10th of January 2020 on WasteMyRecords)

Tourdates

Date Band Location Tickets
09-02-2020 Botanique LYENN Brussel TICKETS
15-02-2020 Handelsbeurs (Lyenn + ChampdAction) LYENN Gent TICKETS
06-03-2020 De Roma LYENN Antwerpen TICKETS
21-03-2020 Memento (Solo) LYENN Kortrijk TICKETS
27-03-2020 TivoliVredenburg LYENN Utrecht, NL TICKETS
02-04-2020 Any Minute Now (Gebouw-T) LYENN Bergen Op Zoom, NL TICKETS
03-04-2020 4AD LYENN Diksmuide TICKETS

Tour History

Date Band Location
12-04-2019 Un Peu (Intimate lo-fi set) LYENN Brussel
11-04-2019 Minard (Solo) LYENN Gent
05-01-2019 Festival miXmass @ DeSingel LYENN Antwerpen
19-10-2018 CC Mechelen FLYING HORSEMAN, LYENN Mechelen
14-10-2018 New Age Club LYENN Roncade, IT
13-10-2018 Alhambra LYENN Geneva, CH
12-10-2018 Gloria LYENN Cologne, DE
11-10-2018 De Roma LYENN Antwerpen
10-10-2018 Tivoli LYENN Utrecht, NL
08-10-2018 RNCM LYENN Manchester, UK

Press

18-11-2019

Interview with LYENN + Video premiere by FOCUS KNACK

27-10-2016

"....an album that grabs you by the throat" DAMUSIC​ on "Slow Healer".

20-06-2016

"Stifling Beautiful" OOR on Slow Healer

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28-11-2019

INDIESTYLE selected "Until We Blend" for their Winter Special Playlist

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18-11-2019

Interview with LYENN + Video premiere by FOCUS KNACK

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23-01-2018

Interview with Lyenn on RADIOSTUDENT (SLO)

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27-11-2017

LUMINOUS DASH with nice words on Lyenn live at Trix

live
01-08-2017

"A soundtrack to a contemplative escape in fierce times." WESTZEIT (DE) on Slow Healer

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29-07-2017

"One must admit his mysterious mood is just captivating..." MUSIKANSICH (DE) on Lyenn's Slow Healer

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28-07-2017

"At times surprisingly dark & atmospehric" MEINBLOGISTMEINEBURG (DE) on Slow Healer

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27-07-2017

Slow Healer's a unique, near classic album according to MUSIKREVIEWS.DE

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27-07-2017

"Lyenn's interesting, magical kosmos" FREIE PRESSE (DE) on Slow Helaer

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07-07-2017

"10 Passionate songs, each one intensely strong..." EINENHABICHNOCH (DE) on Slow Healer

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06-07-2017

Nice words of GAESTELISTE.DE on Slow Healer

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05-07-2017

Slow Healer is the FRÄNKISCHE ZEITUNG's CD of the week

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05-07-2017

Slow Healer gets 4 out of 5 from BEATBLOGGER.DE

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29-06-2017

"It is above all passion that causes goosebumps and makes his music so unique" NOISIV (DE)

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29-11-2016

Best of 2016 according to WILLEM JONGENEELEN (OOR, Jazzism, BN De Stem) with "Slow Healer" at N° 7

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21-11-2016

Nice Review by LiveStreamMagazine on Lyenn live at Paradiso

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27-10-2016

"....an album that grabs you by the throat" DAMUSIC​ on "Slow Healer".

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22-10-2016

"An intimate conclusion of a cold autumn day" DANSENDE BEREN on Lyenn live in Brugge

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12-07-2016

Interview by TUMULT.FM with Lyenn at Gent Jazz

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12-07-2016

DAMUSIC on Lyenn at Gent Jazz

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20-06-2016

"Stifling Beautiful" OOR on Slow Healer

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25-05-2016

Live pics of Lyenn by LAMUSICAROCK

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20-05-2016

"A very nice example of musical exorcism" MANIA on Slow Healer

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18-05-2016

"Special music, worth discovering." GRAZIA on Slow Healer

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14-05-2016

"Hyper Classe" MOUSTIQUE on Lyenn at Les Nuits 2016, Botanique

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04-05-2016

"Le Blues pour effacer la douleur" Lyenn in LE SOIR

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04-05-2016

"A piece of art to quietly dive into" RIF RAF on Slow Healer

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03-05-2016

"A record asking for devoted silence" FOCUS KNACK on Slow Healer

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02-05-2016

4 Stars from DE MORGEN for "Slow Healer"

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27-04-2016

"I am the anti-Axl" Interwiew with Lyenn in HUMO

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26-04-2016

"Fading" is one of DE MORGEN's Songs of the Day

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19-04-2016

Slow Healer's INDIE XL's Alternative Tip for April

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03-03-2016

"Jeff Buckley meets Radiohead meets...Lyenn" ROOTSTIME on Lyenn live at N9

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29-02-2016

"With a great sense of nuance he took us very intimate to very intense..." DAMUSIC on Lyenn at N9

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13-12-2015

FOCUS KNACK's impressed with Lyenn live at Glimps

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02-10-2015

A tip from INDIESTYLE

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06-12-2014

"My goodness, he was so awesome in Seattle. In Portland, he more or less repeated that performance." SANTOSH

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05-11-2014

"A Thorn Piercing Your Skin" according to GRIMY GOODS

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26-02-2014

POPPUNT had a nice chat with Fred "Lyenn" Jacques

onair
16-11-2013

"a short emotive set with a climatic end" LOUDER THAN WAR on Lyenn

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05-11-2013

QROMAG on Lyenn live

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04-11-2013

ECHOES AND DUST on a beautiful live set by Lyenn

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30-10-2013

ALIVE REPORTS MAG on Lyenn

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09-02-2013

"My intention is to trigger emotions." Exclusive interview by IN BETWEEN THE TRACKS

onair
23-01-2013

Lyenn's a favourite of Tomahawk's TREVOR DUNN

onair
15-11-2011

3 Star Review by HUMO

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16-10-2010

Nice Review by CONCERT NEWS

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01-06-2010

"Plaisir d’essence" Lyenn in ACCROCHES

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04-03-2010

Interview with Lyenn in BN/DE STEM

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01-02-2010

"Mysteriously Strong"...by OOR

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01-01-2010

"One of the most intriguing Belgian releases of the year" BRUSSEL DW

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24-12-2009

Lyenn at 3 in LE SOIR'S Top 10

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11-12-2009

"An excellent end of the year suprise" according to FOCUS VIF

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02-12-2009

3 out of 4 from FOCUS KNACK

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25-11-2009

Review by LE SOIR

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04-11-2009

Lyenn & Marc Ribot in DE MORGEN

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04-11-2009

Lyenn in FOCUS KNACK

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01-11-2009

"Silence is Music" interview + review by RIFRAF

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Video 

Lyenn - Until We Blend

Lyenn - New Album (Teaser)

Lyenn - Fading (Official Video)