Image © GFT-Cyclops 2001
(12 October 2001) The latest album from Richard
Wileman, Ileesha Bailey and others performing as
Karda Estra is a magnificient seven track epic
entitled Even (Cyclops (UK) CYCL 104, 2001).
A complete work, similar in some respects to their
earlier works Thirteen From The Twenty First
and A Winter In Summertime
project is very soundtrack-oriented; vocals drift in
and out introducing or echoing melodies. We remained
impressed with the songwriting and vocal skills of
these talented artists.
Writes composer, Richard Wileman, "Eve is
inspired by the short novel The Future Eve,
written in 1886 by Villiers de L'Isle Adam. It tells
the story of the 'world-famed inventor and master
electrician Professor X', who creates a 'perfect'
mate for his disturbed friend Lord Ewald. The story
is full of fantastical descriptions and images -
the android ('Andraiad'), the not yet fully formed
human potential or spectre that would become her
soul and the quasi-scientific apparatus of Professor
He continues, "The Future Eve also fondly brought
back to mind films like Bride Of Frankenstein and
Frankenstein Created Woman which also played a large
part in helping me set the scene. I find these kind of
'morality' plays just as relevant and chilling today
with the ever-increasing developments in genetic
engineering and artificial intelligence. Also, when
the creation is female, an added dimension of cruel
Pygmalion-like manipulation appears."
Richard Wileman and Ileesha Bailey are joined by Helen
Dearnley (violin), Caron Hansford (oboe, cor anglais),
Zoe King (flute, alto saxophone, clarinet) and Rachel
Larken (viola, violin). Recorded at the Twenty First
and well produced like the earlier Karda Estra albums,
the project is highly orchestral, extremely moody and
has the soundtrack quality required to capture the
composer's desired theme.
A continued departure from Richard Wileman's earlier
vocally-oriented progressive rock work with Lives and
Times, the music is as relaxing as it is insightful.
Ileesha's vocals are sweet and melodic—we only wish she
had an opportunity to contribute further. Instrumentally
complex and of epic proportions the album is clearly
worth a journey, a very nice listen!