AOTY 2018

The Morning Star

Daniel Bachman - The Morning Star
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #37 / 705
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2018 Ratings: #677
July 27, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Three Lobed / Label
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The Morning Star is at once brave and solitary, gentle and bracing, provocative and spiritually resonant. It extends Bachman's reach, allowing him to paint the innermost dimensions of the world he perceives and cleave it open for light to flood in and illuminate it for us.


The Morning Star is a sometimes difficult, thorny collection of sounds, but also a quiet, almost Zen-like meditation. It's a gigantic leap forward for this "outsider" artist who already seemed to be several steps ahead of the norm.

The Guardian

This is involving, immersive stuff, not for the faint-hearted, but its rewards are deep and wide.


No longer content to play music tethered to the past, the Virginia guitarist uses field recordings and unsettling ambient experiments to remake his virtuosic folk compositions for the present.

Talk about a boring album. This was hard to sit through. Every song felt stretched out to the max and even what was their sounded like someone strumming a guitar with no thought at all.
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Track List

  1. Invocation
  2. Sycamore City
  3. Car
  4. Song for the Setting Sun III
  5. Song for the Setting Sun IV
  6. Scrumpy
  7. New Moon
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Added on: July 25, 2018