19 Ara 2007

San Ilya

Origin Bristol, England
Genre(s) Electronica
Trip Hop
Years active 2004–present
Label(s) Virgin Records, Universal Records
Website http://www.ilyasounds.com/

Ilya is a duo from Bristol, England. The band consists of Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin.
The band released their debut album They Died For Beauty in 2004. In 2006 Somerset was released.

On one hand the band is often compared to Zero 7 and other post-2000 downtempo acts, on the other hand Ilya is considered as continuing the trip-hop tradition originated in Bristol in the 1990's. While their first album probably fitted better in the Zero 7-esque downtempo category, their recent album is a lot more organic and rowdier than the first.

The song "Bellissimo" was used by Revlon in their advertising.

Martin Freeman from The Office is in the Bellissimo video.

Soleil Soleil, from Ilya's first album, is in the film Mr Brooks, starring Kevin Costner, William Hurt and Demi Moore.

Joanna Swan from Ilya has made an album with an artist from Belgium called Lunabee. The debut album is titled Lunabee & Swan and is due for release in the summer of 2007.

Joanna Swan has recorded an album with French Composer, Francois Elie Roulin.