Founded in 1996, ERA (an acronym for Enminential Rythmn of the Ancestors) is the project of French musician Eric Lévi, whose ethereal, evocative soundscapes began in the tradition of artists like Enigma and Deep Forest. ERA's self-titled debut LP was released in 1998 to widespread success. A mix of dramatic pseudo-orchestral fare and lyrics in a self-designed language similar to Latin and Greek, Era also incorporated elements of world music, electronic, and new age. Following up in 2000 with Era 2, Lévi returned in 2003 with The Mass — whose title track referenced Carl Orff's masterpiece O Fortuna — and sales subsequently hit platinum status in France and Switzerland. The Very Best of Era was released in 2004 and featured all the popular tracks from their previous three records as well as several remixes. ERA returned in 2008 after a four-year hiatus and released Reborn, which — like previous albums — reached the Top Ten on France's album charts. A trio of greatest-hits anthologies appeared over the next two years, including 2009's Classics and The Essential and Classics II in 2010. Lévi resumed work on the project in 2013, offering a collaboration between ERA and French-American singer and actress Arielle Dombasle simply titled Arielle Dombasle by ERA. After a four-year break, they returned in 2017 with The 7th Sword, which featured both new compositions and reimagined versions of previous material.