June 07, 2005

Trespassers William to Release New Album

Trespassers William, a four-piece from southern California, has been going strong since 1997, and only continues to pick up speed. The band, named after the unseen grandfather of Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, and perhaps the last name of singer Anna-Lynn Williams and sibling drummer Jamie Williams, has released two full length albums and two singles, and will soon be releasing a third LP. On May 11, the band wrote on their website, "We are done recording and are very excited to annouce that we have just got back from mixing the new record in NY with Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Low, Sleater-Kinney, Beth Orton, Mogwai, Delgados, etc...) Look for a late-summer, early fall release on Nettwerk Records."

The company with which Trespassers William now find themselves is not surprising, as their talent for blending indie rock, folk, and shoegaze with a hint of country has made them a cult favorite on the west coast and in the UK. In fact, their first single, "Vapour Trail," (mp3 clip) is a classical cover of the rock classic by Oxford shoegazers Ride, and was a UK-only release. This single is worth the trouble (it is now out of print), not only because this brilliant reworking is not released on any album, but because the b-side, "In a Song" (mp3 clip), rivals the first in its simple brilliance. The second single, "Lie in the Sound" (mp3)(2004), off of the most recent album Different Stars, shows the band's mastery of the sound of heartbreak. The airy soundscapes of twangy guitars, light drums, and Williams' angelic voice not only capture sounds of the past; they create a timeless sound all their own.

Click here to buy Different Stars (2003)
Click here to buy Anchor (1999)