James Kelly’s post-Altar of Plagues’ moody solo electronic project WIFE takes over The Workman’s Club on Friday October 10th with support from Dublin-based producer REID
25-year-old multi-instrumentalist James Kelly is until now best known as the sole permanent member and writer behind black metal outfit Altar of Plagues, who have released two critically acclaimed albums on iconic profound Lore and Candlelight. Using found sounds, homemade instruments and field recordings as a base, Altar of Plagues create music “full of radical tangents and alien-to-black metal elements, more focused on frailty and struggle than majesty and grandeur” (Pitchfork).
These ideas transfer to James’ solo debut on left bank as WIFE. Embracing his long standing passion for electronic music, the tracks on ‘Stoic’ showcase a diverse range of influences and are built to endure. The A-Side moves from the mournful, hypnotic opener ‘[email protected] through the cold mantra of ‘Trials’ to the shuffling trickery of ‘Circles’. Side B contains the gothic 2-step beauty of ‘Shards’ and the epic, industrial crescendo of ‘Endings’.
With and uncompromising vision – and an remarkable live show – to back up these initial offering, WIFE is a truly unique talent.