Luke Howard – All of Us (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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Luke Howard – All of Us (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:22 minutes | 862 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury KX

In All of Us, Howard’s sonic compositions become a musical language through which he responds to the calamities and destruction of the contemporary world — not reflecting or mirroring them, but speaking to them and illuminating the aural sensations they produce. There are moments in All of Us where it’s clear that Howard has scored music for films, with sweeping orchestral crescendos that could be used to mark visual denouements in works of combat cinema (for example, in the fourth track An Hour Off For Friendship). Yet largely, the tracks are bound by their collective sense of unease and our shared sense of precarity.

Camus’s The Plague [La Peste] was the inspiration for All of Us during Howard’s experience of lockdown in Melbourne, Australia. Each of the track titles are pulled from Stuart Gilbert’s English translation from the original French, as is the title of the record itself. While we certainly can understand how The Plague was on Howard’s mind as he put together these stark compositions, I’d like to propose that his music is doing something more complex than simply drawing inspiration from the novel. The album as a whole grapples with the strange disorientation of reading The Plague — an allegory, even a parable of sorts — during a pandemic in which the content of the conceit has become reality.

Let me explain: The Plague is set in Oran, a coastal city in Algeria approaching the border with Morocco and across the sea from Cartagena, Spain. The novel was published in 1947, but Camus began imagining it while living in occupied France during World War II. During this time, he was writing for and editing Combat, the clandestine newspaper of the French resistance. The fictional plot follows an outbreak of plague in Oran, the authorities’ initial refusal to acknowledge the severity of the circumstances or to utter the word ‘plague,’ the total physical isolation of the town and its people, and the ensuing madness.


1-1. Luke Howard – Critical Spirit (04:49)
1-2. Luke Howard – A Different Idea of Love (03:55)
1-3. Luke Howard – A World of Abstractions (01:05)
1-4. Luke Howard – An Hour Off for Friendship (03:48)
1-5. Luke Howard – The Compass of a Telegraph (01:29)
1-6. Luke Howard – The Closing of the Gates (06:02)
1-7. Luke Howard – The Opening of the Gates (04:59)
1-8. Luke Howard – The Moment Only (01:34)
1-9. Luke Howard – The Vast Indifference of the Sky (05:19)
1-10. Luke Howard – I Was Very Fond of You, But Now I’m So Tired (01:38)
1-11. Luke Howard – A Language Forgotten (04:04)
1-12. Luke Howard – A Faint Qualm for the Future (02:41)
1-13. Luke Howard – The End of the First Period (02:42)
1-14. Luke Howard – Interlude (00:55)
1-15. Luke Howard – A Collective Destiny (04:22)


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