Light Asylum, one of the most exciting artists in the dark music scene, may be gearing up to release a long-overdue second album this year.
Shannon Funchess, cofounder of the project and its only remaining member, just gave a fantastic interview to El Garaje de Frank. In it, she talks about performing at this summer’s W-Festival, her broad musical influences, and what she’s been working on.
Here’s what she had to say about a new album:
I’ve been through a lot the past 8 years trying to get back to Light Asylum. Hopefully by the time the new album comes out in August 2020 all the old struggles will be buried and far behind me. There are new obstacles but, I’ve finally closed the lid on the first chapter and look forward to releasing new music. Letting the earthworms do their work. The earworms are on their way. Be not afraid, it’s all part of the process.
Light Asylum makes dark, unsettling synthpop with clanking percussion and massive beats. But the project is primarily carried by Shannon’s powerful, androgynous vocals that recall other powerhouses like Grace Jones and Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas McCarthy.
Light Asylum’s self-titled, debut album was released way back in 2012. But they’re perhaps best known for “Dark Allies,” an underground club hit that appeared on the 2011 EP, In Tension.
Shannon has kept busy over the past decade. In 2013, she sang on The Knife’s final album, Shaking the Habitual, with The Knife and Fever Ray lead-singer Karin Dreijer, another artist known for powerful, androgynous vocals. She later toured with The Knife.
In 2017, she worked with ADULT. on their Detroit House Guests project. Most recently, Light Asylum performed a New Year’s Eve show in New York City on a bill that included TR/ST.
Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess is one of my favorite artists in the world. I am eagerly awaiting a second album and excited that she’s hoping to release it in August. This immediately shoots to the top of my anticipated albums list this year.