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Trespassers William


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ethereal, ambient, alt-folk

Status:

Most recent release, Cast (2012)

See also:

Trespassers William's Facebook page

Wikipedia's entry on Trespassers William

Anna-Lynne Williams has recorded under the name Lotte Kestner and collaborated with Ross Simonini on a side project, Tunnel-Tunnel. Matt Brown has recorded solo albums under the name Disinterested. Nathan Skolrud also recorded as a solo artist.

Comparisons:

Mazzy Star, The Sundays, Low

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

a Sundays-ish band with some very haunting songs. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Different Stars or Having

Recordings:

  • Anchor (1999)
  • Different Stars (2004)
  • Having (2006)
  • Noble House EP (2007)
  • Different Stars B-Sides EP (online, 2008)
  • The Natural Order of Things (EP, 2009)
  • Cast (2012)

Different Stars

Release info:

2004—Nettwerk—0 6700 30390 2 4

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Anna-Lynne Williams—vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Matt Brown—keyboards, bass guitar, electric guitar
Ross Simonini—piano
Jamie Williams—drums, percussion
Josh Gordon—bass
Trinidad Sanchez III—bass

Guest artists:

Justin Schier—piano, Wurlitzer

Produced by:

Trespassers William

Comments:

Shoegazing Alt Country, like Mazzy Star. Melancholy and beautiful. (ethereal_lad@livejournal.com)

Having

Release info:

2006—Nettwerk—0 6700 30467 2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Anna-Lynne Williams
Matt Brown
Ross Simonini
Jamie Williams

Guest artists:

Josh Neuman—cello
Paris Hurley—violin

Produced by:

Trespassers William, Dave Fridmann

Comments:

Having evokes a desert landscape in its sound. Open spaces, arid guitar-lines, the heatwaves of effects/pedals/delays and Anna-Lynne Williams' hazy, just-below the horizon vocals. Though often lumped in with the "dreampop" movement, their melancholic sound reminds one more of the slo-core merchants Low wedded to the desultory countrified psychedelica of Mazzy Star. Williams' voice sounds like Aimee Mann's; but her delivery recalls the whispery way Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies sings. Her singing is like a tumbleweed across the illusory, dry landscapes of the music. (ethereal_lad@livejournal.com)

Further info:

Trespassers William covered "Love Is Blindness" for Even Better Than The Real Thing: A Tribute to U2 (2001) and Suzanne Vega's "Left of Center" for Isn't She Still...The Pretty In Pink Soundtrack Revisited (2000).


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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