Today is the official U.S. release date for The Golden Years (Staubgold), the first new album in eight long years by Viennese trio Trapist—aka drummer Martin Brandlmayr, also of Radian, one of the most distinctive and inventive percussionists on the planet; guitarist Martin Siewert, a top-flight improviser and ambient artist who recently replaced Stefan Nemeth in Radian; and jazz bassist Joe Williamson, a Vancouver native who lives in Stockholm. The group’s second album, Ballroom, released by Thrill Jockey in 2004, remains one of my all-time favorites, and though I haven’t listened to the new one enough to declare it equally great, I do feel comfortable saying it’s excellent.