Ilya - New Album 'Somerset' Released On 27th February
Ilya are Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin. They are from Bristol and work from their studio in the woodland that surround the Avon Gorge in North Somerset.
Ilya will be releasing their second album 'Somerset' via the internet in association with Universal Digital. The album has been fermenting quietly in Bristol, for the past two years, but now it's finally ready to move out into the world.
'Somerset' is due for release on Universal Digital in Feb 27th.
More info. on the band and the new album:
Ilya started work on their debut album in 2001 and 'They Died For Beauty' was released on the Virgin Label in 2004 to massive critical acclaim; delivering the band's first flagship song 'Bellissimo' (which was used in worldwide advertising campaigns by Revlon and Cacharel).
Their new album 'Somerset' has a rawness and vibrancy resulting from being recorded mostly live. This is very much in evidence on the EP with tracks like Falling Everywhere, in which 'California Dreaming' style backing vocals are somehow fused with glam klezma. September Rendezvous is a dark 50's jazz classic with injudicious outbursts of prog rock guitar, and Juanita combines swamp-blues with New Orleans jazz. Other tracks on the album evoke 50's torch songs (with Bowie-esque 70's guitar), skewed psycho-bossas, folk, and, what seems to be, Can jamming with Karen Carpenter.
Joanna Swan has a voice of rare and astonishing beauty; somehow combining aspects of Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield and Nina Simone. The range and power of this incredible vocal presence is now more in evidence on Ilya's second album Somerset, where they have largely eschewed the widescreen epic easy-listening of their debut.'
Ilya - Somerset
(Released 27th February)