Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Happiness is just a hairflip away.
"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
James Kelly, the mastermind behind late Irish black metal band Altar of Plagues, started a new electronic music project named WIFE last year. And the début LP "What’s between" has finally come out some weeks ago. It mixes his metal inclinations with new influences for a disorientating and splintered pop record. James Kelly even cited Estonian composer of classical music Arvo Pärt as an influence. The album is said to home in on textures of metal, pop and electronic music, with industrial tones and throbbing techno beats clashing with elegiac pastoral atmospherics. The 9-song set was produced with the Haxan Cloak and Roly Porter. The LP's title reflects on the emotional and physical space between two people, with "Heart is a far light" apparently dealing with the motives behind the lies we may feel compelled to tell. WIFE is a pop act. James Kelly used traditional songwriting craft and instrumentation to create soaring, melodic pop songs -albeit pop songs that draw audibly on styles like dubstep, techno, ambient, and drone- to explore lyrical themes of masculinity and male vulnerability with naked emotion. Now if you wonder why the name of this project is "wife", the interested party has no specific answer -"it's just a word", he said. "I don’t really want to apply anything political to it". "Something that the record covers is men these days who present themselves as these infallible, masculine, brute forces -fucking unapologetic, strong beings. Whereas actually, we’re all really fucking vulnerable and nobody really admits that. Those that do are chastised or mocked for it", he added. WIFE's first video, "Heart is a far light", created as a collaboration between James Kelly, photographer/director Fiona Garden and prize-winning UK artist Ben Ashton, exquisitely matches the track with bursting creationist references (a Zeus-esque chest is ready to be crucified, two hands echo Michelangelo's Creation of Adam). Chiaroscuro lighting and visual effects were used to manipulate a focal torso in the haunting piece. Featuring a closely filmed Ben Ashton's contracting muscles with James Kelly's face occasionally appearing, the ambiance is intimate, sensual and raw.
"Modern-day heroes" is the title of this cover story by Nicola Formichetti featuring Joseph Dolce, Simon James, Gabriel Marques and Tony Gorani (with Ashley Kolodner, Bre & Jamily Wernke) groomed by Walter Obal & Edward Lampley and shot by Danielle Lewitt for the latest issue of Portuguese fash mag Dsection.