Fiona Brice ‘And You Know I Care’ LP
The British multi-instrumentalist, orchestral arranger and composer Fiona Brice has drawn on her abundant talents to forge her second solo album for Bella Union, ‘And You Know I Care’.
It’s a deep listening experience that raises the post- classical bar, eschewing the genre’s default melancholia for wider and richer dimensions of uplifting and exultant bliss - though the range and contrast ensure this is no new age-style panacea.
Brice has drawn on all the experience gained working with the likes of John Grant, Anna Calvi, Jarvis Cocker, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Katherine Jenkins, Elbow, the BBC Concert and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. She toured with Placebo for ten years, and more recently Elbow, so to say Brice is in demand is an understatement. But she still has time for her own work. Her debut album, ‘Postcards From’, a more minimalist, filmic set of instrumentals, was released in 2016.
After two purer classical projects (‘String Quartet No.1’ in 2018 and the lockdown-inspired ‘Piano Preludes’ in 2022), ‘And You Know I Care’ is a more wide-ranging, ruminating work, and showcases Brice’s voice, lyrics and choral arrangements.
140g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve plus inner sleeve with lyrics.
Catalogue number: BELLA1327V
Label: Bella Union