Formed in Salisbury and having had a tumultuous journey so far, Caught A Black Rabbit is the long-awaited second album from Phoria; an exquisite new body of work showcasing their skills in neo-classical craftsmanship. With support for previous singles via Spotify's Not Quite Classical, Classical New Releases, Most Beautiful Songs In The World and many more, as well as Apple's Classicaltronics, the demand for their carefully considered work is only increasing, as evidenced by spots on Killing Eve, critical acclaim from varied music press and over 80m worldwide streams so far.
Previous single "Nouveau-Né" found them writing from a deeply personal perspective, whereas pieces like "Current" mark a shift into sounds tantamount with euphoria - expertly pairing a hopeful, ascending piano line with swelling strings (a twelve piece ensemble recorded at Abbey Road).
As beautiful as individual moments and songs are, Caught A Black Rabbit's power resides in the cumulative effect. This album represents a journey - for the band as much as for the listener. Caught A Black Rabbit stands alone as a piece of art, a testament to friendship and perseverance, balancing the joy and beauty of life with death and desperation. An album which acknowledges that our time - all time - is limited. Yes we should make the most of it, yes we should aspire to achieve, but just as profound results can be gained when we pause to take stock, to examine and re-examine, living each moment as it is. A true soundtrack to the end of 2020.
"Really, this album has been in the making for over 20 years. It's the first dip of our toes into a world of music that plays by different rules and allows absolute freedom to devastate. We reckon it's the perfect counterbalance to our post-pop past, and hopefully makes us even harder to assign to any specific genre. A life-long love for the greats - Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel, Copland, and Elgar - has been hugely influential on all of our music. This is the first time we've braved our own contribution to the instrumental, now 'neo' classical world..." - Phoria
Though their new sound is undeniably different, it still remains captivating and full of life. 'Fairytail' is the perfect example of sound creating emotion. In the absence of lyrics, music takes the leading role in painting pictures in a listener's mind. The violins that begin the track lead its notes like paintbrushes creating imaginary sceneries full of fantastical emotion, just like a fairytale would. It echoes the idea of someone dreaming for a better time.
...the new sound is sensational.
A beautiful cinematic ode to new life
'Current' will move you, it exudes charm, raw passion, and delicate instrumentation
- Vinyl LP
- RIYL: Sigur Ros, James Blake, SOHN, Radiohead
- Nouveau-Né (Re-Imagined)
- Mass (Re-Imagined)
- In Brackets
- Robin's Cello