Label: Second Nature Recordings
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


There is a real majesty to the music of Ilya. This is sound that envelopes the soul and sweeps you along with it, full of neo-classical impulses and trance inflected rhythms. It's music imbued with a sense of melancholy and epic song structure; it's the ultimate soundtrack to the greatest black and white film you've never seen, a cross between Mancini and Tangerine Dream, rock and trip-hop. Their songs are at times ethereal and introspective, while at other moments they're wrapped in a wall of sound, surrounded in voluminous chording. It's simply some of the most breath taking sounds you'll ever hear. Ilya’s sound is the perfect blend of inspired arrangements and dazzling performances, somehow sparse and lush at once. Taking a myriad of influences and transforming them into something unique, Ilya’s haunting, heart felt songs will tug at your psyche while inspiring even the most jaded listener. Guitars and keyboards, courtesy of Hank Morton, Matthew Baker and Duane Pitre roam from lightly picked to gorgeously layered slashing against the rhythm, while the atmospheric vocals of Blanca Rojas dance lightly over the beats supplied by bassist,John Mattos, and drummer, Geoff Hill. While most other indie groups sound like rock, Ilya sounds like art.