"surges with a mechanized intensity that becomes almost elegiac"- Pitchfork
Kicking off an exciting Spring, here at Mexican Summer, we are elated to announce the latest addition to our family, the great Light Asylum. With one simple, epic neighing of a horse against pounding drum machines, The Brooklyn-based duo captured our attention with 2010's bittersweet summer jam A Certain Person. It is an honor to properly release their EP In Tension next month and await with bated breath, a full-length album in 2012.
At once brutal and romantic, Light Asylum exists in that space where industrial gives way to goth, where the city meets the outer regions under the cover of night. Four songs here that showcase Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello's fluid synth pop attack that shifts elegantly from midtempo industrial dance to subliminal futureballads that are deceptively uplifting when considering LI's relentless dark sheen. Calling Funchess a commanding lead singer is an understatement; there is a heaviness and attack in her vocal delivery that is downright sinister. This is contemporary synth pop to a tee that comes to life during their revered live performances, having shared the stage with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and TV On The Radio.
Light Asylum Tour Dates
5/04 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Chuck Helm (Ohio State University)
5/05 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/06 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
5/07 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
5/09 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
5/12 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
5/13 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/14 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/18 San Francisco, CA @ Public Works