Light Asylum, oOoOO, Black Marble
We are excited to present Light Asylum's LP Release at LPR with New Jersey producer oOoOO and local coldwavers Black Marble. It's going to be an intense night of gothy beats so come out and be our Dark Ally!
"It would be unfair to place Light Asylum, the duo of Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello, within the current darkwave revivial Brooklyn has been enjoying for the last year or so. There are shared affinities to be sure; Depeche Mode, the Psychedelic Furs, the forever ubiquitous Joy Division. But while many of their contemporaries make do aping the sounds and gestures of past luminaries, Light Asylum create new visions from reference. Their sound, and their songs, are entirely their own." -'Sup Magazine
oOoOO (Chris Dexter) is a producer from Newark, New Jersey living in San Francisco. His tunes blend elements of mainstream pop, italo disco, southern rap, the Eastern European mystical traditions, and often feature female vocalists. Dexter's earliest years were spent listening to music and looking out the window of his Russian grandmother's Brooklyn tarot and palm reading parlor. Though he did not learn to read or write in English until he was 10, Dexter was reading sheet music and playing the piano from about age 6. The Wire's David Keenan has said oOoOO's sound feels like an amalgam of Steven Stapleton and DJ Screw, "albeit with a taste for Top 40 effluvia." He released his first EP on Tri Angle Records in October 2010. In addition to his original tunes, oOoOO has produced numerous remixes, including official tracks for The Big Pink, HIM, Salem, and Marina and the Diamonds, as well as unofficial versions of Lady Gaga and Nadia Oh tunes.
Black Marble is one of the latest and greatest additions to the Brooklyn synthwave lexicon. Their stark, alienating textures cloister a vaguely hopeful intensity, like a lone and distant rhythm echoing from the hull of a lost deep sea vessel. Reminiscent of early DIY synth recordings, which pitted emotional undercurrents against wan dystopian landscapes, Black Marble’s sound struggles to squeeze blood from monolithic concrete.
Collaborators Ty Kube and Chris Stewart take their inspiration from a disparate group of past musicians who dared to mix punk ethics with cold electronics, resulting in an enigmatic, handmade style that recalls the isolated-but-uplifting feel of early European minimal and coldwave music. Triumphantly bleak but undeniably infectious, Black Marble's debut EP Weight Against the Door arrives, appropriately, at the height of winter