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Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess has one of the most memorable voices around. It’s not virtuosic in a conventional sense, but she’s a powerful, affecting singer with an unusual timbre. Along with her musical partner Bruno Coviello, Funchess makes music that combines minimal synth, EBM, and other elements, and the end result is hard-hitting. The duo’s self-titled full-length debut starts with “Hour Furnace,” where Funchess immediately stuns with her eerie performance. “IPC”—which recalls the concise, edgy sound of the late-'70s British electronic outfit The Normal—finds the singer insisting that “nobody’s innocent/no more/in their eyes.” Sexy, ghostly male vocal samples mark “Heart of Dust,” which displays a sense of beat-riddled grandeur. The spare “Sins of the Flesh” has an intense, feverish pulse, while one of the most striking cuts, “Angel Tongue,” finds Funchess backed by a groove evoking the electronic wing of krautrock. “End of Days” ripples with synth obbligati as Funchess paints dark images of dark times. The mysterious “A Certain Person,” punctuated by horse whinnies, brings the album to a close.

Customer Reviews

strongly reminds me of early ministry

the whole band is similar to "with sympathy" era ministry, the lead singer sounds very much like al jourgensen, back when ministry made dark synthpop music
it's a very interesting sound, i quite like it

Great music! Definitely for fans of Depeche Mode and Joy Division

The vocal style can take a second to get used to, but when it does it really makes much more sense. A dark sounding record with a fun dance element to it, this would make a fine addition to a local indie electro night at a dance club near you. Awesome!

Such a great sound!

Shannon's voice is incredibly evocative and a perfect compliment to the music! "Shallow Tears" and "A Certain Person" will always be two of my favorites!


Formed: 2008 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A commanding duo that evokes the intensity of Ian Curtis and Grace Jones, among others, Light Asylum is the project of vocalist Shannon Funchess and multi-instrumentalist Bruno Coviello. Funchess developed her powerful contralto over the years by singing in the choir of a Southern Baptist church as a child, and adding Odetta, Nina Simone, Alison Moyet, the Cocteau Twins, and Bauhaus to her list of influences as a teen. Funchess moved from Mississippi to Europe and then to Washington state, where...
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