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Trespassers William


(Nettwerk, 2006)

Trespassers William fall somewhere between sadcore and shoegazer. Their songs are generally over 5 minutes long and feature slow tempos, uncomplicated melodies, precise vocal and instrumental performances, and gradual crescendos with ever-increasing layers of overdubs. Anna-Lynne Williams has a voice that's pretty without being especially distinctive, and she sings in the cool, remote style the genre demands.

Perhaps due to the influence of mixer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Low, etc.), Trespassers William flirt more than similar bands with musique concrète techniques like noise loops and building percussion tracks out of non-instrument sounds. They're also found of severely distorted drum sounds. This works better on some songs than others: "I Don't Mind" at one point sounds like nothing so much as a turntable needle with a ball of dust on it, and the moment in which the song becomes suddenly clear again is pretty cool. But the clicks scattered through "Awakening" might make you think there's something wrong with your CD player.

Fans of Elysian Fields, His Name is Alive, The Moon Seven Times, and The Pale Saints might particularly want to check this out (and vice versa).


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