Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars

Sarah Louise - Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars
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Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #267 / 767
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Based on 89 ratings
2019 Ratings: #490
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Taken together, Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars almost functions as a tone poem and is nearly as beautiful and elegant as its thematic inspirations.


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.


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.


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.

"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
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
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.
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This is pretty, just pretty. From to back this gives some beautiful sounds that just drone like ambient electronics, but the electronics are performed with with live instruments.
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Added on: January 2, 2019