Trespassers William – having

By on Wednesday, 22nd February 2006 at 3:46 pm

One of the hottest new albums that I’ve heard this year came as a recommendation from a SoMinty moderator, and always willing to give new artists a go, I turned out the lights, laid back and let the relaxing sounds of “trespassers william” sweep over me. Epic musical soundscapes mixed with the beautiful voice of Anna-Lynne Williams make for one of the most relaxing, after lights-out experiences since Sigur Ros’ ( ) for me. Williams’ voice has elements that remind me of Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley, however, with added feeling of world weariness and vulnerability, which is just how I like my music!

“having” is their fourth release, however I haven’t been able to hear any of their previous work to compare them – if their previous work is anything like as good as this then I doubt I’d have time to listen to anything else.

Normally at this point I’d go into detail about a few key tracks: the best and the worst of the album. However, for this album it’s near enough impossible: the whole album seems to be one flowing piece of work, ideal for those film closings with cameras swooping over undulating terrain. There doesn’t seem to be one track that is a weak link: each of them are different, suitable for different moods and emotions. For me, the highlight comes with the opening track, “Safe Sound”, with the gentle sound of Williams’ voice fitting nicely in with the gentle drums and keyboards.

Track five, “I don’t mind” features a much edgier tone than some of the other tracks, with Williams’ voice taking a background echoey role over heavier guitars and drums, which fits in nicely with the tone of the track, and gives a moment of pure release and relaxation when the music goes over its crescendo towards the end of the track, descending into a gentle solo guitar.

“And we lean in” is perfect film music: it’d be right at home over a montage of two people falling in love over the summer, and then slowly moving into winter. Later in the album, “No One” is a good break up soundtrack, with Williams berating “You can be as sad as you want, no-one will punish me more than myself”. We even have wind sweeping across the speakers towards the end to emphasise the alone-ness and vulnerability of the song.

How I’ve managed to let trespassers william escape through my musical net is beyond me – this is a masterpiece, and given the right exposure they could do a Sigur Ros on us and become the next big “underground” success. I personally can’t wait to see if they can transform their brilliance on CD onto the live stage – I’m hoping that they come to the UK soon!

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