Imogen Heap’s breathy, evocative vocals deliver spine tingling chills, like pulses of electrifying waves that take charge of an audience. Today the grammy award winning songstress returns to our soundscapes, with her most experimental project to date.
Sporting a wild mane of untamed chestnut locks, this Romford based producer, singer and songwriter is a firm believer in staying true to her roots. For her, the only way really is Essex. Living, working and producing her romantic music at home, Imogen has got a little restless of late. Frustrated with not getting to hang out with her mates or take the time to just go slow and enjoy the fruits life has to offer, our Immy has embarked on a bold new initiative. Following on from groundbreaking release “Lifeline” which came out earlier this year, the former frontwoman of Frou Frou is now proud to unveil her fourth solo album which she is describing as ‘a work-in-progress’. Setting out to excite, confound and once again push boundaries with her experimental sound, Imogen’s creative journey with this latest compendium, conceptually entitled 3diCD, all started with her taking a stroll to the bottom of her garden in the rain.
Putting out a series of songs every three months, Imogen will explore the idea of using sound to enhance the lyrical narratives central to this 3D project. All artwork and videos will be created in two week time slots, with the close involvement of her fans. She will keep each meaning of every song private, with the aim of enhancing her listener’s personal connection to a song, encouraging audiences to fill in the gaps she leaves with their own experiences. Imogen will be asking people to post what the song means to them, with each person entering having the chance to appear in the next video, shot in the woods at the bottom of her garden. Intrigued by how all this will work, i-D online took a trip to Imogen’s far flung back yard to find out if this fantastical, creative creature really exists or if she is just a perfect figment of our imaginations. Our results proved inconclusive.
You have worked with some incredible artists in the past, who would you like to work with in the future? Just recently I saw an incredible dance band called Genki Suo, they have this incredible walk, everything is so in time, it’s amazing!
Could you tell us about the concept behind your most recent video? So I have worked with my community, my ’fans’ on many projects. We made a nature film where we crowd searched, co-ordinated by my partner, the love of my life Thomas. People sent in pictures or videos about deep sea gardening and we collated them all and put them in a score, then we conducted it at the Royal Albert Hall, I had an orchestra and everything. But this is the first time I had a fan in my actual music video. Around five fans were in it plus me and Ryan, who is actually someone I am working with for my latest song now. We got all of the fans into bubbles, huge heavy-duty 2.5mm wide plastic bubbles and put them in my garden!
Lyrically what is your new music exploring? Heap song 1 is called ‘Life Line’. I asked my fans to send in words through word cloud, we had words like seismic, tectonic, gravity, loss, love, light, life. With these words it was clear to me that people had the late Japanese earthquake in mind, so I connected it with the song. For the next one I wanted to write the most beautiful song I have ever written. So I thought it should be about meeting Thomas. He said, ‘I want to immerse the audience into the idea of our song’. I thought that was a lovely idea, that listeners would be able to realistically be in my thinking space within songs. The song doesn’t have a beat or a base line, what it does have is Felix and the Machine’s sound because it was the last sound we heard, before we met.