REVIEWS: becomes clear that Traveling Light, although only 6 tracks long, is a musical and lyrical masterpiece. For those who find music to be the ultimate escape, the place to find synergy or healing for life’s myriad situations, Lana McMullen’s Traveling Light belongs on the list of go-to albums. And hopefully this is just the first of many albums from McMullen.
— Renee Fabian,
Listening to ‘Traveling Light’ is like taking a dip in deep blue waters that encourage refreshment, relaxation and evaluation…[Lana] stands above a breadth and a depth of artistic substance that is hard to ignore. From her brilliant and compelling performances to her layered and emotionally complex narratives, this is a truly captivating effort from start to finish.
— Vickye, Editor in Chief, For the Country Record
I’ve long been in love with Lana McMullen (who isn’t?)...If you don’t know this woman, just listen to her music...she plays the guitar however she damn well pleases, she embraces dissonance and lack of resolution, and her voice never fails to induce goosebumps, channeling sincerity shot through with an irreverent streak.
— Musical Work, "Lana McMullen on Making Plans"


A lanky, queer, flat-picking, operatically trained soprano gone rogue, singer-songwriter Lana McMullen has been described as an artist “who stands above a breadth and depth of artistic substance that is hard to ignore” (mxdwn). Her music's political undertones and overarching themes of distance and loss recall trailblazers such as Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman—inviting the listener to explore how values determine one's personal identity, and how identity shifts when one's values are challenged. These tropes are again showcased in her newest project, Seattle art-rock band Lyle.

Lana McMullen’s 2015 debut album, Traveling Light, has been praised as a "lyrical and musical masterpiece" and a "go-to for those who find music to be the ultimate space for healing and escape" by the likes of No Depression. Featuring material from the years following her move to Seattle, Traveling Light represents a rich hybrid of the singer-songwriter's Americana roots and her background as a classical singer. Among its lush instrumental layers, vocal harmonies, and subtle electronic elements, the album showcases string arrangements from Seattle composer and violinist Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore, David Bazan, Damien Jurado). McMullen has shared stages with Chris Pureka, Sera Cahoone, Shelby Earl, Vikesh Kapoor, and many others.