The summer breeze has gradually turned into a cold wind and the trees showcase their typical variegated color palette; autumn has clearly arrived in all its golden glory, a transition exemplary for Spill Gold’s work. The Amsterdam duo’s music is every bit as colorful and moving as its seasonal counterpart, where one moment a cold and stormy wind swarms the air and other times calm and stillness prevail.
On Highway Hypnosis, their first album on vinyl, Spill Gold masterfully juxtaposes darkness and light, playfulness and control, enhancing the transcendental character of the material at hand. Based on strong pop structures, the songwriting here traverses a world of Krautrock and cosmic influences at once catchy and alienating, opening the possibility for catharsis.
They’re a wonderful addition to the versatile nature of Knekelhuis. And they’re crazy good live as well.
Beautifully designed sleeve / inner sleeve by Jacob Hoving. Mastered by Wouter Brandenburg.
Spill Gold are a great example of a band that are more than the sum of their parts. Just two members, Rosa Ronsdorf and Nina de Jong, with a collection of analogue synths, some percussion and an old French drum kit made by ASBA they have managed to create a cohesive sound that mixes a range of influences from 60s psych, Krautrock and blunt-edged electronica. Highway Hypnosis is a collage of infectious tracks that propel you into a world that seems to phase in and out of our reality. The songs offer a golden age sci-fi feel where the sweet and weird rub shoulders, dissonant sounds can fly in, tempos can change so you feel enjoyably off balance like a ride at the fun fair.Joyzine