Trespassers William
Having


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
October 27th, 2009 | 22 replies | 9,558 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the classic case of a band being seen to lapse in the wake of a master effort, though Having is by no means any less of an album despite its defining precursor.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It’s an unfortunate circumstance that whatever Trespassers William release will be overshadowed by the impeccable Different Stars – though this is a reality that inevitably comes with the band, their talent at composing beautiful songs within beautiful albums is certainly not restricted to their, if you will, ‘magnum opus’. Having is the album that succeeds Different Stars, and despite being almost thematically identical, it marks the beginning of the band’s ambient and furthered shoegaze experimentation. The label shoegaze is generally an inappropriate one when used in regards to Trespassers William, but subsequent records from the band arguably show a tendency to move away from the slowcore-inspired indie of Different Stars to dreamier pastures. Having, however, combines the best of both sides to Trespassers William – containing the fragility of Anna-Lynne Williams’ exquisite voice, the placid and remarkably serene ambiance that the band has all but perfected, as well as the soon to be normalised atmospheric focus, Having is perhaps Trespassers Williams’ most consistent record.

Particular tracks on Different Stars were of utmost perfection (the title track comes to mind), and though the rest of the album was not far off this pinnacle in heart-wrenching quietude, there was an apparent disparity throughout the record. Though it was a minor discrepancy (I would be the last to try and argue any faults in the album’s fluidity), Different Stars can be characterised more so in its ups and downs rather than a single surge. Having indubitably has its hooks – opener ‘What of Me’ combines a sense of calm and abstraction, perfectly reflecting the band’s mastery of finding profundity in languor. However, there is far less of a focus on particular songs, making way for the band’s attempt to cast a blanket of smoothness over the entire record. To generalise, each succeeding track takes the initial tone set by ‘What of Me’ and twists it into various shapes, from the Slowdive inspired piece ‘Eyes Like Bottles’ to the expansive closer ‘Matching Weight’. Though in analysis the various elements that make up the complete Trespassers William sound can be identified, their cohesion throughout the record is best left undisturbed.

As much praise as I can give Having, many of you who come into it from the almost immaculate position of Different Stars will still be disappointed. It does not have the instant recognition their sophomore does, and certainly requires more effort on the behalf of the listener to unravel the album’s layers. However, one will find that Having has a remarkable level of depth, a sense of complexity that takes its time to sink in, unlike the immediate adoration Different Stars insists. The ten minute closer ‘Matching Weight’ is a fine representation of the album’s intricacy; slowly working through its textures, Williams’ gentle approach enhances the song’s mood to the point of utter despondency, the band then making a point of their minimalism in the last few minutes. Of course, as a loyal devotee to the cult of Anna-Lynne Williams, ‘different’ and ‘stars’ will be the first two words out of my mouth at the very mention of Trespassers William; but with the insatiable thirst that comes with knowing the band, rest assured that they will certainly not be my last, and they shouldn’t be yours either. Do not make the mistake of ignoring Having – it is affecting to perhaps a lesser degree, but one must keep in mind this is in comparison to an album that defines the band. Having is, without a doubt, worth all the praise I can muster.



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rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


rulez

charlesfishtitz
October 27th 2009



784 Comments


thanks for the headsup

charlesfishtitz
October 27th 2009



784 Comments


dick

rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


my bad bro im meant to be studying then i all of a sudden i was like omg having

charlesfishtitz
October 27th 2009



784 Comments


arrowheads arrowheads arrowheads aroooOwheads

rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


have you even herd


oh yeah in b4 strikey

rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


ignivomous was promised elsewhere

AtavanHalen
October 27th 2009



17927 Comments


This band is named after a Winnie the Pooh reference. That makes me smile.

Knott-
Emeritus
October 27th 2009



10194 Comments


niceceeceee

Willie
Moderator
October 27th 2009



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of course the review is good... the album is awesome, but I don't like the direction they seem to be heading.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Roach
October 27th 2009



2149 Comments


awes berkay wrote a review about a band that made an album

zuzek
October 27th 2009



750 Comments


Glad you did this, good review. Knowing it can't possibly touch some of the tracks on Different Stars (but then again, how could it?), I'll still get this.

rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


It's well worth it.

awes berkay wrote a review about a band that made an album

I know right wtf.

Roach
October 27th 2009



2149 Comments


there are songs

Phantom
October 27th 2009



8930 Comments


so Different Stars is the best album to start with for these guys?

rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


yeah, different stars is the shit

Phantom
October 27th 2009



8930 Comments


ok getting now

nice review btw

rasputin
October 27th 2009



14517 Comments


thanks bro, i've written 4 reviews in the past couple of days, sort of ending literally months of drought and forced writing. the coming summer holidays will be good.

Phantom
October 27th 2009



8930 Comments


It's good that you're out of your drought, I haven't written a review in months. I mean I want to, but can't seem to find anything that really inspires me to write at the moment.

I forget it's summer in upside down land.

Ulsufyring
October 27th 2009



1724 Comments


Alex give me a holler on msn when you see me next and i'll hook you up with something to review



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