Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars

Sarah Louise - Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #21 / 76
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2019 Ratings: #24
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
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Thrill Jockey / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Taken together, Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars almost functions as a tone poem and is nearly as beautiful and elegant as its thematic inspirations.

79
Pitchfork

It is instead her most experimental album yet, a meditative foray into swirling loops and pure drone. The physical trappings of her primary instrument largely melt away.

76
Sputnikmusic

It’s a total stylistic departure – a far cry from the rural indie-folk that Sarah was churning out regularly for the last three years. In marrying the most wayward chord progressions with borderline-numbing ambience, she’s crafted an album that is not always listenable in the traditional sense, but that demands respect.

70
PopMatters

Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars shows Louise is not afraid to take risks. While the songs vary sonically in many different ways, they are connected by the way Louise approaches her compositions. They have a distinctive personality and bear her stamp.

JohnLouisHoward
88
"experimental" gets overused, but this is truly an experimental record, and it extends her sound palette significantly. departing from the rustic chanson style of Deeper Woods, Sarah Louise returns to her instrumental roots as an artist, but gone is the magnificent 12-string she plays so masterfully. instead we have a delicate interplay of six-string electric, synth, and ambient wash that suggests Phillip Glass but is closer to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. all this pageantry can't hide the ... read more
chunderz
62
Writing reviews again can be hard, especially when it's a piece that did not resonate with you. However, due to an extended period of just "scoring" albums, I saw this as a great opportunity to finally review another album. I saw it as somewhat of a gateway, similar to the sprawling, escapist notion that this album presents the listener with at times. And, much like Sarah Louise's 'Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars,' this review ambles on, losing its audience.

The album starts rather ... read more
95
Bold and truly original. A bright light of creativity and soul. Wild and free like few albums these days even dare to try to be.
WildChameleon
60
Sometimes she has a distinctive pattern and sometimes not really. Experimental is a bit too strong, I will say that she tries 2-3 original things. There are really beautiful moments throught the album (late night healing choir and rime) and some random things (chitin flight). Not the best thing I listen, specially when you know 2-3 OST from anime or video games, but it can catch some listenings.
Space Vacation
70
The week I start rating things consistently again I lose 4 followers. Life is hard :(

Oh well-- this should be my next album some time tonight!
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Track List

  1. Daybreak
  2. R Mountain
  3. Ancient Intelligence
  4. Rime
  5. Swarming at the Threshold
  6. Late Night Healing Choir
  7. Chitin Flight
  8. Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars
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Added on: January 2, 2019