Wife What's Between on LP
To many What's Between will be viewed simply as the debut solo album by Irish singer/songwriter James Kelly aka Wife, but to fans of the critically acclaimed metal band Altar of Plagues this release marks the return of a much admired talent. As frontman in Altar of Plagues, Kelly was lauded as being partly responsible for creating some of the most innovative music to emerge out of the metal scene in recent years.
After the release of their third album, which many viewed as a creative high point, they surprised everyone and disbanded soon afterwards. This decision was partially due to Kelly feeling the band had gone as far as they could, but also because of a burning desire he'd developed to make a very different kind of record leading to the creation of Wife.
What's Between is a disorienting and splintered pop record that finds light and dark at constant odds with one another, industrial tones and throbbing techno beats clashing with elegiac pastoral atmospherics. Even on seemingly lighter moments the lyrics often betray their sunnier surroundings.
Produced with The Haxan Cloak, who released Excavation, one of 2013's most acclaimed and extreme electronic albums, and cult hero Roly Porter, What's Between is a highly ambitious solo debut by an artist boldly navigating outside of their comfort zone.
Wife What's Between Track Listing:
1. Like Chrome
3. Heart Is A Far Light
5. Dans Ce
6. A Nature (Shards)
7. Living Joy
8. Fruit Tree
9. Further Not Better