Light Asylum

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Light Asylum
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Post-punk, synthpop, darkwave
Years active 2010–present
Labels Mexican Summer, Cooperative Music
Members Shannon Funchess
Bruno Coviello

Light Asylum is a Brooklyn-based electronic music duo consisting of Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello. The band released their first EP 'In Tension' in 2010. The four track EP was re-released in 2011 through a notable[1] indie label Mexican Summer. The self-titled début album has been released in May 2012. It has received generally positive reviews from Pitchfork,[2] FACT,[3] Mixmag,[4] NME,[5] XLR8R[6] and The Quietus.[7]

In 2003 Bruno Coviello wrote an electroclash/dance-pop song for Party Monster soundtrack under Mannequin alias.[8] Earlier Shannon Funchess had provided vocals for such acts as TV on the Radio, !!! and Telepathe.[9] More recently, Funchess collaborated with The Knife on the track Stay Out Here from the fourth band's album Shaking the Habitual in 2013.

Light Asylum's music is heavily influenced by 1980s music. Their style incorporates elements of darkwave, synthpop and post-punk music and The Guardian compared Light Asylum to Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Light Asylum (2012)

Extended plays[edit]

  • In Tension (2010)


  • "Shallow Tears" (2012)
  • "Heart of Dust" (2012)
  • "A Certain Person" (2012)


  1. ^ PlayGround. "Mexican Summer". PlayGround-Online Music Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Light Asylum: Light Asylum". Pitchfork. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Light Asylum: Light Asylum". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ Worthy, Stephen (2012-07-11). "Light Asylum". Mixmag. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Light Asylum - 'Light Asylum'". NME Album Reviews. Nme.Com. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Light Asylum". XLR8R. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Reviews | Light Asylum". The Quietus. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Various - Party Monster - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Shannon Funchess Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  10. ^ Ruth Saxelby (2012-05-26). "Light Asylum take synth-pop back to its industrial past | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

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