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Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars

thrill jockey


Released: 25th Jan 2019


limited Pink lp + download

Released: 25th Jan 2019


Following a series of highly acclaimed solo guitar albums, ‘Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars’ is Sarah Louise’s most fearless work to date.

Louise broadens beyond folk forms, turning streams of raw electric guitar into entire oceans of aural texture. Louise’s rich playing is warped beyond recognition through inventive synthesizing and digital manipulations. The innovative songs mine components of the Appalachian folk music Louise is steeped in, as well as spiritual jazz, contemporary classical and new age, while drawing intensely personal inspiration from the natural world. Louise’s daring blend of heartfelt stream of conscious playing and bold studio processing demonstrate her unique ability to craft poignant music regardless of what tools she uses. She finds harmony rather than dissonance in synthesizing raw and organic materials with the technological. Sections of electronic bursts swell and ebb with a lifelike pulse, collapsing distinction between the natural and artificial. Each piece inhabits its own biosphere and Louise’s guitar and voice act as the flora and fauna. With ‘Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars’, Sarah Louise has reimagined the limitations of guitar music to create a work of sublime resplendence. “Henson makes it easy to inhabit her intimate world, one where the small wonders of the woods and the abounding melodic possibilities of a 12-string guitar are complementary fractals.” - NPR First Listen. “Sarah Louise doesn’t just sing about the natural world. Sarah Louise seems to be one with the natural world” - Paste

Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars


  1. Daybreak
  2. R Mountain
  3. Ancient Intelligence
  4. Rime
  5. Swarming at the
  6. Threshold
  7. Late Night Healing Choir
  8. Chitin Flight
  9. Nighttime Birds and
  10. Morning Stars