Acquainted with Night

Lael Neale - Acquainted with Night
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Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #41 / 109
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Based on 70 ratings
2021 Ratings: #22
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There's something antediluvian about Lael Neale's debut, whether in her guileless vocal ... or the lo-fi simplicity of tracks like the hymnal *White Wings".


Acquainted with Night is 95 per cent Neale and her electronic companion, a simple but spacey combination of harp, harmonium and tinny drum pre-sets that matches Neale's delicate Appalachian voice for shivers and warmth.

Loud and Quiet

This album reminds listeners that life is full of beauty not in spite of, but because of, the ordinary details of every day.

Northern Transmissions

Mashing ambition through these technical limitations, there is a raw, unvarnished energy screaming throughout these 10 tunes.

The Forty-Five

Harp, harmonium, and drum sounds accompany Neale’s crystalline voice. Like a retro photo filter, the lo-fi production yields a record that seems unearthed from the dusty vaults of time.


The grainy imperfections and surreal experiments of Acquainted with Night open her songs up to an unforeseen world of solitary beauty and personality, where the clean, professional sound of earlier work rendered them a little bit anonymous.

Under The Radar

Acquainted With Night is the type of album where there is not much need to dissect individual songs. It’s a complete work best taken in its entirety, with Neale’s ethos stamped all over it.

The Guardian

There is comfort in Neale’s introversion, but you long for her to burst free; for a hint more dynamic texture to fully render her vignettes.

Lael Neale's music is introspective, poignant and nostalgic, a warm summer breeze of a carefree past.

In my view, the two main elements that make the album distinctive is her playful voice, a little buried in the mix, like she is a narrator of a vintage, impressionistic film. The second is her masterful lo-fi synth work, rewarding the listener with sweeping, poetic landscapes and gentle touches, intertwined with Neale's descriptive lyrics and spare but purposeful harmonies. Usually these ... read more

Interesting direction, but for me, the execution is too static and tedious. The lo-fi feel combined with church organs and old-school vocal performance is not something you hear every day, but when the project doesn't have anything to offer apart from that, it gets monotonous and boring pretty fast.
I am obsessed with organs. So it's only fair that this album lifted my spirit with excitement. This reminds me so much of Beach House but if it was fronted by Melody's Echo Chamber in the 70s.
An inspiring sound of serene unity with the isolation we live in today. As our world shrunk to our small homes, Lael Neale turned to her music to express the stasis of the world and all the unfinished stories of love and passion.
Though underwhelming at times, the album hits hard when it does in its key tracks.
A good listen from a very promising artist. The first two tracks are just divine. Literal heaven in 10 minutes. After that the production almost starts to hinder the musical ideas as, with the graininess and murkiness, the songs become almost a vague splurge. The lyricism remains poignant and the musical elements are nice, but I just wish the project continued with the same bite it started with.
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Track List

  1. Blue Vein
  2. Every Star Shivers in the Dark
  3. Acquainted with Night
  4. White Wings
  5. How Far Is It to the Grave
  6. For No One for Now
  7. Sliding Doors & Warm Summer Roses
  8. Third Floor Window
  9. Let Me Live by the Side of the Road
  10. Some Sunny Day
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Added on: January 13, 2021