Even though the members of Brooklyn synth-pop duo Light Asylum came together only a couple of years ago, their oeuvre sounds as though it dates back a quarter of a century. Steeped in new old-stock reverb somebody with a Flock of Seagulls haircut likely stockpiled in a closet, the group’s music bears all the hallmarks of gothy, dramatic ’80s new wave: fuzzy synths, stabbing snare drums, and mostly monotonous, British-ish accented vocals — not to overlook beautifully nonsensical lyrics like “we’re haunting the haunting.” Sometimes they give it a positive spin, but most often their music exists in a murky twilight zone all their own. Tonight, the pair play their final New York show of the year, but they’ll be partying like it’s 19 . . . oh, you know. With Visuals and Agressiva.
Fri., Dec. 20, 11:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 18, 2013