When an album from a musician that has collaborated with the likes of Ben Frost, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, opened for Brit-Award winner Benjamin Clemantine and written numerous scores for both Film and Television lands in front of you, you sit up and pay attention.
With all the accolades on his musical CV already, Melbourne-based Luke Howard has had a very successful career in music, however none of these were even needed to get me to listen to his latest album ‘Two Places’ as the record does all the talking for him.
Taking influences from the likes of Grandbrothers and Rachel’s he has crafted a beautiful instrumental record that also reminds me of the likes of Ludovico Einaudi and Yann Tiersen. The album is the follow up to 2013’s ‘Sun, Cloud’ and allows Howard to further develop the sounds he was initially using on that record. From the opening of the aptly named ‘The Main Sequence’ to the close of the equally aptly named ‘The Ends’ Howard explores the space between Classical and Electronic music, throwing in elements of post-rock along the way.
The outcome is gorgeous, Howard sounds like he has really let his creative imagination run wild, taking each idea to as many different places as he can.
‘Two Places’ is out 22nd April via Lukktone.