A great deal of music journalists get into this cesspit of a capsizing industry with originally a hugely benevolent and simple intent: to share music they love, in the hope that others will share this enjoyment. It can be easy to forget this sometimes.
Upon hearing the work of Luke Howard one sun-kissed morning, this is the overwhelming urge that overcame me. My fingers itched to dance across the keyboard sending links to the ones I knew would appreciate it, whilst typing-out a gushing nonsensical stream-of-consciousness of how I was listening to it, and what I was doing at the very moment 'it' hit me. If you must know I was in my 1st floor flat looking out across the long-shadows of the high street I live on in the early morning, observing the cafe worker who was opening up shop. Going through the motions, starting the day, the ritualised tasks, the calm, the part of the day where everything seems possible before time slips away before another day gets eaten up. And it made this everyday humdrum activity seem fucking epic and significant, like it was soundtracking the opening to an astutely shot feature film that you've been dying to see for too long.
The album in question is titled Sun, Cloud that was recorded in Australia, Iceland and Norway, and is a wholly immersive, resplendent listen, utilising minimalist contemporary classical recording techniques with a ten-piece ensemble. For fans of Max Richter if I could be so lazy.
Listen to and purchase Sun, Cloud via his Bandcamp here - and for a taster we are happy to offer up this exclusive premiere of gorgeous little thing 'A Softer World'.
Head here to download the track for free.