Former Altar of Plagues frontman James Kelly has revealed some of the details behind his debut album as WIFE. Due out June 9th through Tri Angle, What’s Between features production turns from Roly Porter, The Haxan Cloak and lie, and a sound that veers toward full-on torch ballad territory in ways his Stoic EP merely hinted at.
“My natural instinct with this record was to be 100-percent honest and simply make the songs I wanted to make,” Kelly told Dazed. “That may seem trite for me to say, but I think that I could have also taken the easier route and succumbed expectations people may have based on any music I have created in the past. I’m acutely aware of certain styles that exist in the electronic music arena, ones which a former metal musician could easily apply his skills towards. But that is not something that I currently have any desire to pursue, and ending my former band was in many ways (although not solely) a statement of sincerity—that WIFE is a new beginning for me, and that I am very much stepping out of my comfort zone with it.”
Listen to “Heart is a Far Light”: