Review Summary: "All of my songs are for you. All of my songs are sad"- "What is love?" asked a young boy, merely of an age of eight.
- "Love is when you have a small, fuzzy puppy and you miss him so dearly every time you are apart."
He silently stared at me then with his big brown eyes, awaiting further explanations. I felt childish curiosity and innocence emanating from them.
My nephew didn't know much of how hard life can hit sometimes, nor he knew how tough it is to withstand the darkest of hours. The only thing he knew was that his parent weren't here and probably not coming back in the nearest few hours. I macerated a smile and starkly stared through the window. I felt I wont be able to spare him from the truth any longer. His parent passed away early this morning. I was told their cardiograms had stopped at the same time. Severe heart condition at the age of 40. Something we wish never happens to us, although often strikes when we lest expect it to.
The world is cruel. Someone cries over his expensive shoes gone missing, someone looses his loved ones, and doesn't shed a tear, because is too young to understand the harrowing circumstances. Someone is sad to kill a bug crawling across the pavement, someone without hesitation shoots an elderly couple in search of a few bucks.
I just hope wherever we go when our time comes, we escape the weight of darkness and sorrow.
The paragraph above is a short passage from a story I wrote two years ago, being influenced by several musical acts, especially - Trespassers Williams
second studio album "Different Stars"
. The aforementioned release is something that rarely appears on "listen-to" lists. Partly because of its "underground" status, partly because nobody advertises releases like these, with majority of people appreciating music that's void of any emotions and divergence.
When this album appeared on my radar I immediately discerned its great potential and underappreciation within most of music communities. At the first listen it struck me as wholeheartedly drenched in sadness and pleasant, soaring melodies. The second brought a bit more of understanding. The third gave a completely new look. The fourth - made me relate, and that is perhaps exactly what this kind of music does to someone presumably capable of feeling. The vocals of Anna-Lynne Williams are ethereal and wistful, giving a strong sense of melancholia and dreaminess, accompanied with equally breathtaking guitar lines and splendid lyricism, that never strives to outshine the whole percussion. When listening to this album, each of our minds will conjure a different image. For me, "Different Stars"
is reminiscent of beautiful sadness one feels when being homesick or saying goodbye to a lover on a hazy summer night. Its all a mater of imagination.
Taking cues from their musical predecessors - Mazzy Star
and The Sundays
; Trespassers William
craft incredibly solid and moody material. In a competition, called the musical business nowadays, where a lot of bands/artists have gone "cheesy" and uninspired, "Different Stars"
prevails and gives hope that somewhere there are and will be music for ones soul not wallet. For those of you who are into chilly acoustic music and dreamy soundscapes, I strongly recommend this album, as you are most likely not to be disappointed with it.
Somehow I feel this is Trespassers William
at their darkest emotional ebb, and within that ebb a story is born. A story that would become a soundtrack to every profound, deep and clement moment of our lives.