Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions.
A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion.
Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating.
Sun, Cloud was originally released in 2013. Long out-of-print, the Mercury KX label is reissuing it on CD and on vinyl. - - - - - In 1802 a chemist and amateur meteorologist named Luke Howard presented a paper recommending a new system of classifying clouds, using the names cumulus, stratus and cirrus.
Recorded over 2012 in Melbourne, Oslo and Reykjavík, pianist/composer Luke Howard's inaugural solo album draws upon the minimalist approach of his previous projects, conjuring rich cinematic soundscapes using piano, strings and electronics. Sun, Cloud was long-listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize.
Recorded at RainbowStudio, Oslo Additional recording at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík Sundlaugin, Reykjavík Allan Eaton, Melbourne Lukktone, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
Engineered by Hadyn Buxton and Jan Erik Kongshaug Additional engineering by Elisabeth Carlsson, Paul Evans, Peer Ursfjord Mixed by Hadyn Buxton Mastered by Mandy Parnell Artwork by Jack Vanzet Produced by Luke Howard - - - - -
Side A  Sleep  Rotations  August  Slumber  A Softer World
Side B  Portrait Gallery  Nachtsonne  Pan  Schlusshymne  Liminal  Elegy
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“Absolutely heavenly... I can hotly recommend.” – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6
“The ten pieces on Sun, Cloud are totally sublime... Keep your eyes and ears peeled, kids – this is a composer you must pursue!” – Headphone Commute
“A wholly immersive, resplendent listen, utilising minimalist contemporary classical recording techniques with a ten-piece ensemble. For fans of Max Richter...” – Tim Boddy, The 405
“A lovely album from start to finish, Sun, Cloud is at times achingly beautiful... a sense of awe akin to that of discovery.” – Richard Allen, A Closer Listen
“Luke’s music is majestic, thought-provoking... Fans of classical soundtrack composers like James Newton Howard should relish in the subtle pianos and poignant string melodies that Luke unfolds, in what is an absolutely superb debut solo album.” – Ryan Griffin, A Strangely Isolated Place