The words "melancholy" and "ethereal" have been used to describe trespassers william, and are not typical descriptions for bands from sunny orange county.Standing out from the pop and punk that dominate the landscape, the band (featuring matt brown on … see full wiki
If I woke from a dream (as I sometimes do) with the last whispers of a song floating in my ears, haunting my heart and nagging at the back of my mind, Trespassers William is the music I'm hearing. This is the music you can almost remember in the morning and can't forget by evening, music for rain and night and stars and sunrise. This is music for the heart.
I first heard "Lie in the Sound" on a Paste magazine sampler, and it hooked me. It still does. I can't hear it without wanting to close my eyes and drift back into that soundscape of smooth rhythm and ethereal voice. The rest of the disc has much the same effect, each song telling its own fragment of story. "Alone" and "Flicker" drive forward with a steady beat and singing guitar notes. "Let You Down," "Just Like This," and "Love You More" throb with a sadness that resonates all the way down to the bones, shaking them loose from their moorings and making your whole body simply melt.
Layered over all this is Anna-Lynne Williams' extraordinary voice, which gives each song shape, substance, and form, sends it soaring to the heights or plummeting into the abyss. She breaks long syllables into two or three different notes, floats her voice over guitar and drum and piano and somehow, with gentle persistence and quiet strength, overpowers them all. Without her talent, the music would still be moving. With it, these songs speak to the soul directly.
I notice, as I look at the version of 'Different Stars' available now, that the CD I bought is significantly different. Two of the tracks I treasure most on the CD I have are not on the newer one. "Fragment," a love song that sounds like rain and distance and longing, and "Love is Blindness," originally a good U2 song, given much more depth and soul here. These two songs may be the best on the album for my money, and I wouldn't have missed them for the world. If you can, I suggest getting both versions of the disc, but if you have to choose, try to get this one. It is well worth it.
What melodies do you hear in your dreams? What voice whispers in your ear as you drift towards waking? What songs could be the soundtrack of your nocturnal wanderings? I imagine these songs...this voice. Trespassers William are the bringers of the music of dreaming, and 'Different Stars' will evoke a lifetime's worth of dreams.
Nothing short of a small, little-known masterpiece.