Ilya are, predominantly, Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin. Fronted by an intriguing and compelling voice, reclusive, unpredictable, mercurial , the only consistent thing about them is that Joana’s voice and singing improve with every album.
Nick has picked 5 albums
P. J. Harvey: Let England Shake
Not possible to pick a favourite track, they are all so deep, heartfelt and original.
Jonsi and Alex:
One of the most beautiful albums ever. Atlas Song. When the choir comes in it almost breaks your heart. Sublime, tender and other worldly.
Beth Gibbons: Out Of Season
Show. She sings like she’s 150 years old.
Can: Tago Mago
Halleluwah 18 minutes of improv never sounded so good.
Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland
Voodoo Child. More jamming. This time 15 minutes of it. Inspirational.
Joanna has picked 5 songs from Films
Track : The Godfather Finale
Nino Rota – The Godfather Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
I love everything by Nino Rota, but this particular, looming, elegant, tender and epic, piece of music, could be my most favourite ever!
Antonio Pinto – Love In The Time Of Cholera.
I adored the film and love this entire album, This song is full of love and longing and the instrumentation is a wonderful mix of unusual, earthy picking guitars (and instruments I have not heard before). Shakira’s songs on this album are wonderful too.
Song: Cucurrucucu Paloma
A song written in the 50’s by Thomas Madez, arranged by renowned film composer Alberto Iglesias and sung by Portuguese singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso. Within the film ‘Talk To Her’ (by Pedro Almodover), Caetano performs it at a concert in the grounds of a stately home. It is an incredibly mesmerising and moving scene. The duende in Caetanos voice is addictive. It is impossible not to have to listen to this song 5 times in a row. It does something to my very being!
(Caetano also sings ‘Burn It Blue’ in the film Frida about artist Frida Khalo. Another favourite film song of mine).
Song: : Je Crois Entendre Encore from the Opera ‘Les Pecheurs de Peries’
By Georges Bizet.
Sung by Salvatore Licitra.
From the film – ‘The Man Who Cried’
This arrangement and vocal is so haunting and full of yearning. It is a pivotal song in the film, a song sung by the main characters father whilst their homeland is being devastated by war. It makes your heart stop.
Track: The Ipcress File
By John Barry
From The film: The Ipcress File
You can’t tell me this isn’t the coolest soundtrack ever written! John Barry is one of my all time heros. A ground-breaking composer with his own inimitable style and what an incredible ear for iconic melodies!