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Different Stars [NETTWERK 2004]

by Trespassers William

Dreamy, female fronted, ethereal indie rock with hints of folk and shoegaze; the passionate side of Mazzy Star meets the mellow side Coldplay.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. intro
1:17 album only
2. lie in the sound
5:42 album only
3. different stars
4:43 album only
4. alone
5:00 album only
5. anchor
5:57 album only
6. vapour trail
4:55 album only
7. fragment
6:24 album only
8. love you more
5:58 album only
9. untitled
5:16 album only
10. what could i say
5:02 album only
11. in a song
6:30 album only
12. different stars *(live session at kcrw)
4:55 album only


Album Notes
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."
-Logo Magazine

"...it makes you feel iike you're listening to music for the first time. Yeah, the album 'different stars is that good...."
-CitizenRobot .com

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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Jennifer Wells

Tragically beautiful!! I love every last song!!

Sam Waterstone

This cd is simply beautiful. I was completely enthralled from the very beginning to the very end.


what an album
Evocative, stunning, brilliant.
Anna-Lynne Williams' voice carries with it the reverb-drenched musings of love lost and hope.


one of my favorites
i keep coming back to this album again and again, because it perfectly encapsulates my mood at any given time. love trespassers william. *heart*

João Faria

Nice Work
This record has very nice sound and musics.


Excellent cd
This album if full of beautiful music. If you like Mazzy Star and maybe even some Cranberries, you'll enjoy this cd. Take a listen for yourself. We need to support more artists like these who give real music, not bubble gum pop that is contstantly fed to us on tv and radio.

Amy Irene

Excellect - highly recommended
I found this through the CD Baby "Editor's Picks" - boy, they really pegged my tastes! Ecellent CD. Evocative, ethereal, all the 'this is so mellow, but really deep too' words.

Serena Fornaciari

Different Stars is so beautiful and deep.
Different Stars is so beautiful and deep. I'm writing from Italy and I had the cd thanking cd baby because i can't found it in my Country. Since the day I have seen "A love Song for Bobby Long" I can't stop to here that song.
Thanks to everybody. Serena

Danya Zimbauer

This CD is a rush of calm that washes over your soul. Anna-Lynne's vocals are like a soft, smooth lullaby. The music wraps around you like a cozy, warm comforter. It makes you smile knowing everything will be alright.


Well worth the price
The backing instruments really complement the vocals which make the CD one of my favorites. I hope to hear more from this group.
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