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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. 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.

Baroque Pop:
La pop baroque, rock baroque, ou pop de chambre est un genre musical caractérisé par l'introduction d'éléments de musique classique dans des titres de musique pop et rock, notamment en matière d'instrumentation.
Il connut son apogée vers 1967-1968, avant de laisser place au rock progressif, qui s'inspirait également en grande partie de la musique classique. Le genre a connu un renouveau dans les années 2000.

There is more than one artist with this name:

1) Ilya (a.k.a. San Ilya in the United States) is an English group who released a download-only album Comfort and Destiny in 1998 followed by several EPs and 2004's They Died for Beauty on Virgin Records and the again digital-only Somerset in 2006. They have since re-released Somerset in a self-published physical version, a new album, Hootchi Cootchi, under the name of Jo Swan and a collaboration with Belgian electronic artist Lunabee as Lunabee & Swan. Most charts info on this page (e.g. nine of the top ten songs in the overall charts) refer to this group.

In 2009 the third Ilya album, Carving Heads On Cherry Stones, was made available through the web site

In 2010, Ilya released the folky EP "All Around My Heart". Customers of the Ilyasounds website were also treated to a bonus mp3 - "Carrion Crows" - sent out with the email notifying them of the EP release.

In January 2012, Ilya released the album Fathoms Deep

Their official Web site is

2) ILYA, officially rendered in all caps, is an American band from San Diego, California consisting of Hank Morton and Matthew Baker on guitars and keyboards, vocals by Blanca Rojas, John Mattos on bass and drummer Geoff Hill. They have released such albums as Poise Is the Greater Architect and Leaving Sans-Souci. Their official Web site is

3) Ilya is also a music engineer and producer responsible for the trance electronica album Dreaming Loud.

4) Ottoman composer and poet of Greek origin (Istanbul, 1718 ?-1799 ?).

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