In a few short months, Light Asylum—aka Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello, the latest buzz out of Brooklyn—has gone from playing local art shows to the basement of Pieter Schoolwerth’s infamous Wierd club night. They now seem to pop up playing every major party that shakes the city, while the level at which their fans show their devotion can usually be measured in the harrowing shrieks that accompany the band’s every synthed-out move, often resulting in a pile of sweaty bodies on the floor by show’s end.
Funchess—a unique vocal talent whose past contributions range from tours with !!! to performances and recordings with Telepathe and TV on the Radio—is finally setting forth on her own musical journey in dark, romantic dance music. In other words, goth is kind of having a Grace Jones moment. Her standout ballad, Shallow Tears, manages to both move and uplift, as she bellows in her trademark deep alto an invitation to “meet me by the river’s edge, while I lay, low, down my head” and asks to be drowned in her friend’s shallow tears. Haunting, bewitching and, dare I say, totally bitchin’.