Luke Howard
Sun, Cloud
Lukktone (LH001CD/LP)
2013

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 the past year 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. The record features members of the Melbourne Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic, along with past collaborators Janos Bruneel and Leonard Grigoryan. Sun, Cloud was long-listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize.

“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

Purchase Bandcamp / iTunes (AU) / iTunes (UK) / iTunes (US)

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, Luke Howard, Peer Espen Ursfjord
Mixed by Hadyn Buxton
Mastered by Mandy Parnell
Artwork by Jack Vanzet

Produced by Luke Howard