Anna-Lynne Williams

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Anna-Lynne Williams
Background information
Also known as Lotte Kestner
Origin California, United States
Genres Indie rock
Folk rock
Dream pop
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Trespassers William
The Chemical Brothers
Anomie Belle

Anna-Lynne Williams is an American musician best known as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Trespassers William, an indie rock band based in Seattle, Washington. She now performs under the stage name Lotte Kestner.


Williams is featured on "Hold Tight London" from the Chemical Brothers' 2005 album, Push the Button. She also appears on several tracks from Anomie Belle's 2008 debut, Sleeping Patterns, and toured with Anomie Belle in support of that release. She has collaborated with numerous other artists, including Courtney Marie Andrews, Robert Deeble, Damien Jurado, Motopony and Rocky Votolato, AFI, Arnar Guðjónsson of Leaves, Delerium, Minotaur Shock, Tuesday the Sky, Fieldhead, Sadistik and Blue Sky Black Death.

In 2007, Williams started recording her own music as Lotte Kestner, self-releasing China Mountain in 2008. She followed it in 2011 with a covers album, Stolen (Saint-Loup Records). In 2013, she was back with more of her own material on The Bluebird of Happiness (Saint Marie Records), for which she wrote all but one track (with the composer credit to Anna-Lynne Williams). An 8-track EP titled Until was released through Saint-Loup Records on April 16, 2013. A collection of covers called Covers was released in 2017 in Japan (Lirico) and Korea (Aulos Media). Her latest album, Off White, was released on Saint Marie Records on September 1, 2017. It was preceded the previous month by a Chris Cunningham-directed music video for "Ghosts".

In addition to these offerings, Williams has released four download-only collections, generally combining demos, outtakes, and newly recorded material: China Mountain B-Sides (2009), Trespassers William Songs Solo (2011), All That You Start B-Sides (2012), Extra Covers Collection (2012) and Best-of: Requested Cover Songs (6 October 2015). Williams contributed the song "Confession" to the Saint Marie Records sampler Static Waves (2012). Her cover of Beyoncé's "Halo" was featured prominently in an episode of HBO's The Young Pope in 2017. She contributed an original composition titled called "In Glass" to the indie film Maybe Someday.


Lotte Kestner


  • China Mountain (5 May 2008)
  • Stolen (1 June 2011)
  • The Bluebird of Happiness (26 February 2013)
  • Covers (January 2017)
  • Off White (1 September 2017)


  • Until EP (16 April 2013)
  • Covering Depeche Mode EP (April 2015)

Independent/online releases

  • China Mountain B-Sides (1 April 2009)
  • Trespassers William Songs Solo (28 August 2011)
  • All That You Start B-Sides (19 June 2012)
  • Extra Covers Collection (5 October 2012)
  • Best-of: Requested Cover Songs (6 October 2015)


  • Machine (7 August 2012)
  • Cartographer/Explorer (11 November 2014)

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