Boomkat Product Review:
Dark/chill wave types Light Asylum have been teasing us with EPs and odd tracks for ages now so it’s great to see the full album finally emerge. It’s been worth the wait too as it combines the spine tingling minimalism of Silk Flowers with the glassy neo-goth stylings of Zola Jesus to emerge with something propulsive and engaging. The duo of synth jockey Bruno Coviello and vocalist Shannon Funchess might not be creating the most original sounds around, but their 80s revivalist moves feel totally without irony and the tiresome Brooklyn smirk, and that in itself is a triumph. Instead of engaging in the sound as an exercise in trend following, there is an air of authenticity to Light Asylum that so many of their contemporaries seem to lack. Just skip to the gruesome synth grind of ‘Heart of Dust’ or the baroque Siouxie-isms of ‘Shallow Tears’ and you’re bound to be hooked. Well worth a look.