Mexican Summer announced the release of Light Asylum’s self-titled debut LP, which will be release on May 1, 2012. The debut full-length album by Light Asylum has been a long time coming, as their self-released ‘In Tension’ EP circulated and resonated with new listeners worldwide, the reputation of duo Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello has steadily sweltered via their intense live show, collaborations and remixes. Light Asylum marks Funchess’ and Coviello’s return to the recorded fray with renewed intent, emotion and visceral energy, all to powerful effect.
Funchess has sealed a reverent status through her vocal breadth and captivating expression. Having shared recordings with the likes of Teengirl Fantasy, Telepathe, TV On The Radio, !!!, and Ford & Lopatin, the muilt-instrumentalist’s vocal talents stay in steady demand. The group cements Funchess’ reputation as a singular voice. From the guttural intonations and militaristic drills to the melancholic leading melodies and operatic tenor, Funchess’ range remains wide but balanced and carefully controlled. Having spent years touring and performing as synth pop project The Dreamies, Coviello channels a different strand of influence and completes the Light Asylum sound alongside Funchess. The result is an uncompromising, rugged mixture of coldwave, EBM and electro-industrial structured through pop of the toughest sensibilities. Their production straddles underground electronic club music and radio song culture - part introverted, aggressive vehicles, part bright, jubilant fanfares - passages of carefully devised harmony and melody bloom between stabs of driving keyboards and drum machines. Have a listen on their Soundcloud link below: