PLEASE READ!!***track listing is not the same for this release and different stars 2002. please check before your final purchase. thanks & enjoy!***
"If deep, breathy dreamscapes and ethereal, mournful elegance are what you seek, you'll find them here. ..Tears will undoubtedly follow, of joy and despair, and an overwhelming desire to dwell in this space forevermore."
"...it makes you feel iike you're listening to music for the first time. Yeah, the album 'different stars is that good...."
The Southern California dream pop band Trespassers William make their Nettwerk debut by reissuing their 2002 album Different Stars. Originally issued on the band's own Sonik Wire and eventually Simon Raymonde's Bella Union in the U.K., this particular package doesn't totally differ from its previous releases. It's basically a preview to the band's hypnotic and lush soundscape that's yet to come. Those who are familiar with Trespassers William's delightful pop melodies might already own Different Stars, but for those who don't, the Nettwerk version includes slightly different artwork, one brand new song, and a bonus track; a live version of "Different Stars" from KCRW. KCRW and KEXP out of Seattle were early supporters of the band, and it's partly because of them that the band's sound has reached the indie rock masses. Anna-Lynne Williams' soft, angelic vocals, which are eerily similar to Aimee Mann's, are flawlessly matched with Matt Brown's keyboard and guitar arrangements. Trespassers William isn't sonically daring, but their refined presentation is exactly in place. From the lovelorn ballads such as "Lie in the Sound" and "Let You Down" to the sparse twang of "Alone," Different Stars maintains a quiet atmosphere with slow-changing moods and textures. "What Could I Say," which isn't included on the original album, is Trespassers William's shining moment. The cold chill of acoustic guitars and Williams' lovely vocal delivery resonates early material by the Sundays and Mazzy Star. A cover of Ride's classic epic "Vapour Trail" is dressed in pianos, ebbing synth beats, and again, Williams' achingly beautiful voice surrounds its sheer texture. Different Stars isn't wildly creative, however it fits among the indie rock/indie pop pack of 2004. Those who will always adore the dream pop/shoegazer sounds of the early '90s should enjoy the sonic bliss that is Trespassers William. [The Bella Union edition of Different Stars from 2002 includes the track "Just Like This," which is not included here.]
Formed in 1997, the band has two records:"anchor" (1999) and "different stars"(2002/05).
"Singer Anna-Lynne Williams has one of those crystal-clear voices made up of shyness, loneliness and quiet despair, while her band dream up the kind of space country that might have sound tracked 'Twin Peaks: The Comedown Years'.
"...her voice is immediately lovable and her inconsolable world-weariness completely convincing. Moving, even. Each song unfolds through a swathe of reverb and allows Anna-Lynne acres of space to express her woes with quiet dignity. File alongside Red House Painters, another band all too aware of the terrifying beauty of sadness."
- Rock Sound
performed with: morrissey, tim booth, broken social scene, damien rice (uk tour), azure ray, explosions in the sky, trembling blue stars, lisa germano, the cranes, halou, petracovich, mia doi todd, black rebel motorcycle club, aimee mann, goldenboy, ron sexsmith, squeeze, david gray, the autumns, lanterna, aberdeen, mark burgess (chameleons uk), eastmountainsouth, the shore, merrick, jay buchanan, alexi murdcoch, minibar, metric, two loons for tea, feist and gary jules
* Lead singer Anna-lynne Williams is featured on the new Chemical Bros release Push the Button. (jan 05)
* Radio play on KCRW, KEXP, XFM, VIRGIN, BBC and more
*Album of the week: Rough Trade
*Album of the week: BBC6
*2002 #1 indie record of the year (oc register - different stars)
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