downtempo duo from Bristol


Ilya are 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, receiving a massive critical acclaim. It was followed by Somerset in 2006, after the departure from major company Virgin Records. The pair has been self-producing most of their music ever since then, in their home studio near Bristol.

Ilya have often been compared to Zero 7 and other post-2000 downtempo acts, whilst also being considered as continuing the trip hop tradition, originated in Bristol in the 1990s.[citation needed] If their first album probably fitted better in the Zero 7-esque downtempo category, their second one was an attempt to a more organic and rowdier sound. A musical direction that was to be followed since then, each album being somewhat more radical and bare than the previous.[citation needed]

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of They Died For Beauty

    They Died For Beauty 2004

    Reviewed by Paul Sullivan
    A simply breathtaking debut from the Bristol based trio. An album that pays homage to...
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