Well, maybe it's time for a comeback. Ilya certainly seems to think so. They've got all the important signifiers of the genre in place: spooky, sexy and smoky female vocals (this time from the unlikely monikered Blanca Rojas), smooth, threatening melodies and a languorous, sensual beat. It's music to smoke opium to, but don't try that at the Rocket Bar this Thursday. Best to order something powerful, smoke your cigarettes and enjoy a feeling of decadent sophistication. With Ilya's new record, They Died for Beauty, out on EMI, it's just a matter of time before the car commercials latch on and ruin the whole thing again.
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