There are a great number of artists on Modern Bard and I admit that I was rather concerned about the choice of who would follow Charley MacGowan as our second featured artist. I never imagined I'd find anything like Djilia Phralengo.
When the Oracle CD crossed my desk I tossed it into the player to give it a quick listen, several hours later I turned off the player after listening to the album over and over again. The music was breathtaking.
Djilia Phralengo is billed
as "a contemporary fusion of vibrant gypsy and early
renaissance music", but that hardly does it justice. There
simply isn't anything else out there like this music. The moment
you think you know exactly what the styles and artists are that
have influenced the music, you notice something new. Frontman
Ernest Villarreal calls it "an expression of passion and
magic, an invitation for the spirit to relive a romance from
centuries back and pre-live a romance from centuries forward...
time standing still... spirit and life evolving...
immortal." That's far more accurate than simply labeling the group's music.
We at Modern Bard have recently learned that there are limited quantities of Djilia Phralengo's first CD, "Belomancy", available through CD Baby. While Ernesto is quick to point out that he doesn't believe the first CD is of the caliber of "Oracle", I think we've all felt that way about our first recording.
I think Charley would have approved.