2021 remaster of the the original 2004 album. While making a Halloween Karda Estra playlist on Spotify at the end of 2020, I quickly became aware of how much better the newer Karda Estra tracks sounded than the earlier ones and how much my mastering had improved through the years. So I decided to remaster Voivode Dracula, an early album I am very proud of, giving it a sound that now hopefully does it justice.
'Wow' - The Dracula Society
'This is 'Dracula' as a completely emotional experience without dialogue or sight, the whole vigorous concoction distilled as a potent concentrate ... This a remarkable work.' Chris White, Hairless Heart Herald
'Warm glowing refined relaxing soothing dark angelic classical gothic beauty. Highly recommended yet again.' Sean Worrall, Organ
'...a unique chamber music which blends seamlessly electronics with the acoustic orchestral instruments, into a color-filled portrait, rich in dramatic flair and cinematic mood. ... There is nobody else in the prog field I can think of competing with Karda Estra, whose singular accomplishments deserve much wider support and recognition.' Expose
'a towering piece of music.' Kev Rowland, Feedback
released May 8, 2004
Composed, arranged and produced by Richard Wileman (inspired by the novel DRACULA by Bram Stoker).
Richard Wileman (classical, electric and bass guitars, keyboards, percussion, bouzouki, rastrophone and various other colours).
Ileesha Bailey (vocals, breathing 3 on 'Kisses'), Helen Dearnley (violin), Caron Hansford (oboe, cor anglais, breathing 2 on 'Kisses'), Sarah Higgins (cello), Zoe King (flute, alto saxophone, clarinet on 'Lucy', breathing 1 on 'Kisses'), Michelle Williams (clarinet on 'Kisses')
Richard Wileman is a songwriter / composer who has released 14 mainly instrumental albums under the name Karda Estra and
more recently three solo albums. These include gothic, cosmic, prog, folk, lounge songs which he plays live in an acoustic setting with long time collaborator Amy Fry on clarinet / saxophone / vocals.
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Good modern prog albums are a rare beast in my eyes so this was a nice discovery. This album is very layered yet crisp sounding. Not exactly heavy but delightfully dense. Among other things the vocals are not someone's Dad doing their worst Roger Waters impression but are actually, quite good and give the music its own identity. I especially like the performance on Suli's rise. The songs flow really well and there's a lot of extremely ambitious playing. Also bonus points for church organ. impressivelad