Dutch musician Jelle Haagsma has been releasing albums under the moniker of Jellephant for about ten years, with varying influences – Loom was dreamy and mesmeric, Itch and Pin were acoustic and lo-fi, Kick The Swamp was sharp and ragged – but always authentic and intense. His eleventh(!) full-length release Spills was recorded live in two days with the new line-up of his live band The Phantoms (with members of Paracetamøl and Christopher Walkman). The ten new, original songs are short but sweet – 24 minutes in total – and sound like you’re standing at the front of the stage (the video for standout track Spill reinforces that feeling; you can almost imagine your own ecstatic reflection in the whites of the singer/guitarist’s eyes). This is raucous but tightly played indie rock with a sense of urgency, from a band that would be a great support act for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Frankie and the Witch Fingers or Thee Oh Sees.
Stream the full album below.
Spills is out now digitally, on cassette and 12″ vinyl LP through Brighter Records and Waaghals Records.
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