Trespassers William
The Natural Order of Things


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
April 9th, 2009 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trespassers William explore the abstract side of shoegaze.

When speaking about the shoegaze genre only a few names usually come up. The big two seem to be My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive with honorable mentions given to bands such as Chapterhouse or Cocteau Twins. For some reason Trespassers William never seem to get mentioned when discussing quality shoegaze and that’s a shame. All three of their full-length albums are worth looking into and Different Stars is arguably one of the genre’s best but no one seems to know it exists. It is the near-perfect blend of ethereal sounds, echo-filled guitar and haunting female vocals. Admittedly, this EP is not an extension of that album’s formula but it is still another quality release from the band.

The songs on The Natural Order of Things are very minimalistic, mainly consisting of gentle layers of synth, restrained percussion, subdued guitar melodies, indistinct sounds and the beautiful vocals of Anna-Lynne Williams. The band utilizes these elements to create musical soundscapes that contain very little actual form. Sounds seem to simply ebb and flow while multiple layers of vocals delicately float through it all. Due to the fluid nature of the music, this EP ends up being something that is best experienced as one cohesive encounter. The opening track, “Sparrow”, is used to slowly ease into the mood by providing a loose structure that allows for a gradual introduction for the songs that follow. After “Sparrow”, though, things take a turn towards the abstract. At this point the EP casually moves forward in a very smooth and amorphous manner allowing for chance appearances from various melodies and sounds, with Anna-Lynne’s voice the only constant. The final track returns just enough structure to gently close out the final moments in a memorable fashion.

In case it isn’t obvious, this album is not something that can be passively listened to. To really enjoy it the way it was intended will require attention, repetition and the willingness to play the entire EP – anything less is a waste of time. Any song, when taken individually, loses the atmosphere the song before it had perpetuated almost like starting a story somewhere in the middle of a book. For those willing to give it the required attention, they’ll find a quality shoegaze album that leans far into the ethereal/ambient side of the genre and hopefully it will also prompt them to delve into this band’s excellent back-catalog.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Different Stars" needs to be the first album anyone gets from this band... just saying.

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charlesfishtitz
April 9th 2009


784 Comments


yeah different stars is way better.

great review

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. Someone should review that album.

charlesfishtitz
April 9th 2009


784 Comments


someone

BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2009


44407 Comments


Shit, new Trespassers, i'm on this pronto Son. But honestly, I heard 0% shoegaze on their other album whatsoever.This Message Edited On 04.09.09

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Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It would make someone a nice first review.

BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2009


44407 Comments


I never heard 1 ounce of shoegaze in this band though, i'm puzzled but whatev.

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's kind of nuts because you've rated the album that is probably the most shoegaze of their career so far (not counting this EP, but this is in a different direction).

BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2009


44407 Comments


That album I rated has no distortion. Could have sworn distortion was large part of shoegaze character. Guess I hve no clue what the hell it i then.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2009


17920 Comments


not really distortion so much as fuzz

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, what chan said. There is often a lot of "fuzz" but it's not a requirement either.

BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2009


44407 Comments


I hear no fuzz on that album and my mom plays it every time my family goes out.

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, it's not a requirement for fuzz. You won't really hear any on this album either.

BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2009


44407 Comments


I figure Slowdive and My Bloody valentine as shoegaze, Caina and The Angelic process as shoegaze but man, this totally blew my mind. All I know, this band is amazing. My family thinks at times this lady sounds like Dolores O Riordan and Sherly Crow.

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is an awesome band that gets overlooked too often.

Edit: The vocalist has an album out called "Lotte Kestner" that you might want to look into if you haven't already.

This Message Edited On 04.09.09

fireaboveicebelow
April 9th 2009


6837 Comments


similar to slowdive you say, I'm adding this to my list

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2009


15980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Add "Different Stars" to your list and come back to this after.

rasputin
April 10th 2009


14545 Comments


great review, this looks right up my alley

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2009


15737 Comments


i really must get around to listening to these guys

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charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009


784 Comments


i hov this if you wont it sputy



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