The magnetic vocal melodies of Eliana Gray (Terrified, Certainty) woven through the intricate yet minimal production of Morgan Smillie (Ridge Jaggers) make up the musician duo Jaggers X Lines.
The pair create shadowy and spacious trip-pop that extends it's lyrical territory into rarely explored landscapes of mental illness and trauma recovery. Bass heavy confessionals ground addictive drops and dance floor sensibilities.
A friendship forged in Dunedin's small musical community (and the even smaller bar where Eliana worked) led to their debut Ep 'Letters' being recorded over a few hazy weeks in Morgan's home studio. Morgan's long involvement in the New Zealand hip-hop scene and Eliana's background in indie/alternative bands, combined with their shared love of pop music give Jaggers x Lines their singular sound.
Their singles 'I Tried' and ‘Come To Rest’ have worked their way around the New Zealand underground, receiving significant airplay and charting on radio stations in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington; including a feature on Radio New Zealand’s Music 101 programme. The duo showcase heavily introspective lyrics encased within shifting-liquid textures and unexpected percussive energy.
Listen to their music here -