Two Places Luke Howard
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- 1The Main Sequence06:19
- 3The Map Is Not The Territory05:32
- 5The Mist Hardships12:12
- 6Two Places03:42
- 8Radio Fields02:42
- 9Common Ground03:10
- 10The Crossing Of The Years03:54
- 13The Ends03:34
Info for Two Places
On Two Places, Howard continues to experiment with the melding of both classical and electronic music, building upon his previous release Sun, Cloud. The title track “Two Places” is a standout with a solo piano laying a foundation over which shimmering, sweeping synth and string sounds swirl, creating a crescendo of noise which comes to a head before suddenly slipping away.
Another personal favourite is “Holtsgata” which this time opens with a simple echoing guitar taking the lead. Sombre strings lurk behind with a haunting, earthy quality to them. While it never builds in quite the same way as the title track, it reveals a sense of serenity which perfectly captures Howard’s intellectual music at its finest.
“Two Places... shines as a bearer of more diverse cargo, drifting through waters unattached to genre or expectation” (Chris Redfearn, A Closer Listen)
“Two Places finds the line between humble and ecstatic in its supreme poise.” (Andrew Khedoori, 2SER)
“The minimal progressions here hint at influences from Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, drenched in the atmosphere of melancholy, heartache and even grief.” (Headphone Commute)
“What really moves me about contemporary classical music is when there’s heart-rending beauty... and this track when I heard it for the very first time completely knocked me sideways.” (Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster)
Recorded at Sing Sing, Melbourne, March 2015. Additional recording at Air Edel, London; dKA, Knokke; Handwerk, Berlin; Pughouse, Melbourne; Lukktone, Melbourne
Engineered and mixed by Hadyn Buxton
Additional engineering by Lachlan Carrick, Jono Steer, Nick Taylor
Mastered by Mandy Parnell
Produced by Luke Howard
studied classical piano as a child before graduating with honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. He was twice a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and has written music for both film and theatre.
In recent years Luke has opened for Benjamin Clementine and Ben Frost, and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills. His music has been described as “totally sublime” (Headphone Commute, February 2014), “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, July 2013), and “cinematic in its approach” (The Age, October 2009).
Luke divides his time between Europe and Australia. In 2013 he released the Australian Music Prize long-listed record Sun, Cloud. Luke’s score to Where Do Lilacs Come From won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2014 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards. His second solo album, Two Places, was released in April 2016.
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