BioBy its very definition, L'altra could not possibly be run-of-the-mill. Any band whose name translates to "the feminine other" in a number of Romance languages surely has something dark and mysterious up its sleeve.
As does any group that comes from a collaboration of two exes - singer-guitarist Joseph Costa and singer-keyboardist Lindsay Anderson - who spent 7 years together and broke up before they'd even made a record. That Lindsay and Joe have recorded a trio of albums since then only confirms that the energy at the core of the L'altra sound - a moody mix of baroque balladry decorated with ambient electronics, simultaneously soothing and unnerving - is hardly commonplace. If we were allowed a sneak peak behind the curtain, the possible sociological studies and soap opera plot-twists could be endless. Except, it doesn't take much to play the voyeur on Joe and Lindsay's conversations - their continuous exchange is the beat of L'altra's heart. And if the group's debut, Music of a Sinking Occasion (2000) was the frictitious sound of two lovers disintegrating, and its unlikely follow-up, In the Afternoon (2002) was a restless exercise at pulling apart and learning how to live that way, then the new Different Days (2005) is the fruit of a socially unfathomable labor - the work of mates who never stopped weaving their musical minds (and singing voices) around each other, succeeding in their collaboration in a way their union could not.