TAOTSS(The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman) of Capitalist Records is the raw unfettered mindoscopy of former drummer and singer-song writer of the Brooklyn trio Haybaby. After leaving Haybaby in 2014 to fully embody TAOTSS Zach took the project on an album by album narrative fueled by a search for meaning among the stars. His savviness as a guitarist, drummer, singer-songwriter and producer spurred the project with a self titled, self recorded bedroom folk record in 2011. Evolving against the grain of a trending reverb wash so prevalent in the modern indie scene the TAOTSS project grew into something raw, real and biting with a sense of timelessness pervading throughout the array of genre's covered in the TAOTSS discography. Using various line-ups and collaborations TAOTSS has now released four full-length albums. Zach’s toured the Northeastern and western U.S. France and Spain sometimes flying solo and other times with a seven piece band. In its present, paired down four piece line-up, the band interweaves the sparkling space guitar of Dave Susman, the bitter sweet bass melodies of Sam Yield(Haybaby) and the dynamic heart heavy back beat of Chris Abbadessa to frame poetry-driven songs which have earned them comparisons to Steve Malkmus and the Jicks, a millennial Neil Young, and a less loathing Jeffery Lewis. Conceptually the “Silver Spaceman” is an Adventurer of all senses, who manifests the spontaneous and mystical elements of art-making while keeping in touch with the true self and spirit through wordy indie rock. Although in an interview with the Wideshot Zach admits “it’s really just become something to express myself through.”

  • “More of a ragged edge than you’d expect from an act being billed as “folk/psychedelic.” It’s less “Denver edibles” and more (welcomely) Syd Barrett.”
  • -Bedford and Bowery
  • "Sprung from Lou Barlow-like crinkly pop, the marauding melodies, two-or-more guitar dualing and shadowy stories move it into dark urban alley territory."
  • -CMJ
  • “Grave Digger” finds Ellis at a relaxed moment, hitting a point somewhere between Iji-esque yacht rock and Pavement-like expansion of ideas"
  • -Post Trash
  • "So animalistic is Ellis’ id, I’d go so far as to say the creature just grabbed the title of Bushwick’s spirit animal"
  • -Pretext Social Club
  • "belted out in a weird drawling fusion of POTUSA and Devendra Banhart that I can’t quite put my finger on (and enjoy it all the more because of it)."
  • -No Smoking Media