TUNE Phoria - Current
Known for icy shades of electronica and boundary-pushing experimentation with sound, Phoria’s debut Volition was a masterclass in the art of intimate songwriting, executed with incredible precision. The five-piece group have now announced their follow up on Akira Records, Caught a Black Rabbit – an abstract contemporary-classical and ambient record – is set for release later this year.
‘Current’ is like witnessing the birth of a new sun. Uplifting and euphoric, it expertly pairs a hopeful, ascending piano line with swelling strings and a sense of hope. It proves that Phoria are not simply dabbling in this world, but have mastered orchestration and composition, and can use it to devastating effect.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with an array of talented musicians including a 12 piece ensemble, and the return of founding band member Jeb Hardwick (who briefly departed after their debut), the pieces really sung in those hallowed halls. The band, at last reunited, understood the true value of their musical connection, which spans 25 years. “I’ve learned that we just have this shared vision of what music is, and what it should do to people. Whatever animal that Phoria is, it requires all of us to release it.”