this is easily one of my twenty favorite records of all time.
'different stars' is a collection of songs and sounds that reach into your guts and splay out your melancholy for further examination. the effect is a haunting, familiar emptiness that reminds you that hurting isn't always a bad thing. as effective as the cure's "disintegration" for long nighttime drives in the rain.
anna-lynne williams is the last of the ambitious wallflowers. her chilling, sharp, angelic vocals evoke sarah maclachlan or aimee man. she'll drag your inner teenager to the surface and remind you that you haven't changed THAT much. lyrically, she achieves the kind of shameless vulnerability to which most of us will rarely admit, even to ourselves: "my envy of all you own / i want to be a possession you dust and won't let go / gentlest touch and sweetest sound / something you'll run back in for / when the house burns down." if the gothic girl in you had a crush on in high school wrote yearning, desperate songs about you, this is how you'd want them to sound.
matt brown's aquatic, searing guitars can turn from lazy to frantic in less than a measure. it's stunning how much emotional clarity he achieves through his mastery of instrument and effects. he'll get compared to the edge and tim reynolds, but he definitely has something unique to contribute to guitardom.
trinidad sanchez's bass playing is restrained, creative, and highly satisfying. in the same vein, jamie williams' drumming is tight and sparse; but when he employs those toms, it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
trespassers william may never be radio stars, but they deserve to be - their sophomore offering already has the marks of a masterpiece. buy it. it could end up being part of the soundtrack of your life.