spacekitti's debut EP "galaxy" produced by Sam Collin (Tricky, Tour de France) is on the 2007 Village Voice Pazz & Jop list and named one of the best albums of 2007 by CREEM critic/Alice Cooper/Iggy Pop bio writer Jeffrey Morgan on CREEMmagazine.com:
Spacekitti - Galaxy (Dart) :: "Spacekitti is the future of electronic sonic exotica. On Galaxy, the mistress of psychedelic trance skillfully merges the trippiest elements of classic popmuzik with rampant ambient drone, all super-stacked into one supersonic package."
Experimental sound artist Jill Ellisa improvises with various guitars and stringed instruments while manipulating the output through different effects. To accompany her poems, Jill tried to learn the "proper" way of playing guitar and in the process, developed her percussive guitar tapping technique which has evoked diverse and humbling comparisons, many she's heard of and a few she's been inspired to learn about...
Jill's guitar style/sound has been compared to: Laurie Anderson, Pink Floyd, early Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Page, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Interpol, My Bloody Valentine, KMFDM, Adrian Belew and Terry Riley. Her vocal style/sound has been compared to: Annie Lennox, Marianne Faithfull, Nico, PJ Harvey and Annette Peacock.
spacekitti has opened for and shared the stage with some great bands: Urge Overkill, John Doe (X), Sea Wolf, Handsome Furs (Wolf Parade), Nina Nastacia and Jim White, Sagittarians (...Trail of Dead), Skyline Electric (DEVO) and Ninja Academy (Rickie Lee Jones).
spacekitti has performed at NXNE, Make Music NY, Artivist Film Fest at The Egyptian Theater, 2007 Jeff Buckley Tribute, REDCAT Lounge, live on Audition Booth KCSN 88.5 FM and clubs throughout LA: Knitting Factory, The Key Club, Tangier, Silverlake Lounge, Hyperion Tavern...
Jeffrey Morgan's review of NXNE show and galaxy EP:
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Spacekitti Galaxy (Dart) :: So there I was, doing the seedy sidewalk shuffle late one night, when all of a sudden I hear this compelling cacophony of chaos detonating out the door of a corner bar. Instantly in love, I walk in and am I stunned to see this bodacious blond bombshell with a binary brain sitting all by her lonesome onstage with a guitar slung across her lap, hammering out cosmic coruscating sheets of rampant ambient drone, all mega-amped up to the nillionth hyperwatt degree like she's the new hard-wired industrial age Nico. Letting the amateurs stay safely ensconced at the back, I stood at the front of the stage and watched as this woman single-handedly sculpted an aural psychetecture that evoked everything from Edgar Froese and Klaus Schulze to Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
After I recovered, I scooped up a copy of her record Galaxy and took it home, fully expecting to wallow in a marathon drone session. Instead, I found a concise set of five pop songs primed to a percolating electropulse. How do I love it? Let me count the ways: "Fearless" is a whispering wash that evokes the best of early Ralf and Florian when they were still a duo; "High Strung" is a rapid-fire foggy mental breakdown; "Nobody Cares" is a deliriously disjointed herky-jerk that out-deadpans Annette Peacock; "Strung Out" is a minimal off-world space sitar recital; and "Ibizakitti" is a languid flow house drone.
But as great as Galaxy is, it's just a foretaste of what this woman is capable of doing. In her hands, the guitar is a time-spanning teleportation device through which all matter is made malleable as she spans the cosmos, traversing the space between the notes.
She is Spacekitti. Spacekitti is Jill Ellisa. And Jill Ellisa is the future of electronic sonic exotica.
- Jeffrey Morgan, Metro Times Detroit/CREEM