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Imogen Heap

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Havering, Outer London (1997 – present)

Imogen Heap (born December 9, 1977, in Havering, Outer London) is a British / artist. She is known for her work as part of the musical duo Frou Frou from 2002-3, and for her solo albums, which she writes, produces, and mixes. She has released a series of solo albums including Ellipse (in 2009), a North American chart success that earned Heap two Grammy nominations and won her the Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) award.

Heap grew up playing music from an early age, and by her eleventh birthday she was writing her own songs. From the age of 15, she studied at the BRIT School Of Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, South London, recording three tracks for the school’s annual CD between 1994 and 1995, “Aliens” being the title track of the latter.

After being introduced to Nik Kershaw by his manager Mickey Modern, Heap and Kershaw recorded four demos that Mickey Modern took to Rondor Music. Consequently, a few months later Heap signed her first record contract at 18 to independent record label Almo Sounds. During 1996, Heap began working with an experimental pop band called Acacia, which featured her future collaborator Guy Sigsworth and was fronted by the singer Alexander Nilere. While never a full member of the band, Heap was a guest vocalist (as a counterpart to Nilere) and contributed to various Acacia single and album tracks in 1997. One Acacia song, “Maddening Shroud”, would later be covered by Frou Frou.

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  • bkelleher

    It lives up to her previous efforts in terms of my musical tastes. Yayyyy!

    6 hours ago Reply
  • ruanLastfm

    "Sparks" does not live up to her previous efforts in terms of my musical taste, however I have appreciation for the intricate creative processes taken, to produce this fine and beautiful listening experience.

    9 hours ago Reply
  • cabfedhig

    entanglement is sweet. I loved the spare intimacy and close vocals of Ellipse, but Sparks is a beautiful collection of experiences

    21 Aug 6:00am Reply
  • Deadr0ckSJ

    Hmm, I'm conflicted. I really like a lot of the songs on Sparks, but as an album it doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. It really just feels like a collection of songs, rather than a cohesive, flowing work that's meant to be enjoyed as an album. Musically, it's nice, but not much stands out as amazing, and lyrically, it's hit-and-miss. Nevertheless, I'm just glad to have some new music from Immi.

    21 Aug 2:07am Reply
  • chocobooo

    I'm quite disappointed, to be honest :(

    20 Aug 3:22pm Reply
  • lxlmandudelxl

    Imogen once again delivers great music :) Sparks is even better than I'd hoped

    20 Aug 2:38am Reply
  • R3CURSION

    I now understand the logic behind putting each song on separate discs in the box set. You can listen to this album all at once, but it doesn't really do these songs justice that way. It feels more like the musical equivalent of a wine tasting --- you almost need to cleanse your palate between tracks to better appreciate the "flavors."

    20 Aug 2:25am Reply
  • twilightlullaby

    Now Sparks is out, I'm eagerly awaiting the next one, not gonna lie. :P

    19 Aug 7:30pm Reply
  • JesseeHanez

    I just pre-ordered her new album on iTunes and I can't wait for 8/19!! Run-Time is my jam-ity jam yo :)

    18 Aug 5:29am Reply
  • Cat_007

    I like new Sparks...but not awesome

    16 Aug 4:58am Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    You don't have to like the album, that bit's entirely up to you and your taste. But to say for a moment that Sparks as an album lacked an impressive creative process (as you did) isn't an opinion so much as faulty logic on your part, and I don't feel bad for a moment calling you on it. ;)

    14 Aug 11:05pm Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    I never said you couldn't post your opinion here, nor that this was the wrong place for it. I disagreed with your assessment for objective reasons, hence my comment about your statement that the sampling in Xizi She Knows was "against your understanding of harmony in music". From there I moved to the subjective, because if your favorite album of hers is I Megaphone, then it's a pretty logical following Sparks wouldn't be to your taste. But keep in mind you also started off by saying Sparks was lame, which from an objective standpoint is not true. Songs made from crowdsourced sounds, music made with pairs of technological gloves, a song that began with the concept "what is the song that has yet to be written?" and you think that these are fallouts of the creative process?

    14 Aug 11:04pm Reply
  • ahenathon

    @lightningmonkey: I'm afraid You do not understand, or your ego blocks the facts. I have posted my opinion in the right place. You started to analyse me in public and try to convince me to my mistake because it conflicts with your view. That's because You can not accept this as a man. In the network we are anonymous therefore we can leave our ego, phobias and convictions behind the glass. And You know, mocking is also rude and childish. I think I have finished here.

    14 Aug 10:39pm Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    I hate to break it to you, but things posted to places on the internet that literally anyone can look at don't fall into the category of "private area", haha.

    14 Aug 5:46pm Reply
  • ahenathon

    @lightningmonkey: Why do people think that the analysis of one's taste is worth the time? In the era of savoir vivre Latin maxim was popularized: "De gustibus non est disputandum". Do not apply to it is rude. Do not go to a private area of my interior. Moreover, music is interesting enough to have to discuss.

    14 Aug 8:32am Reply
  • Keolia

    Love.

    14 Aug 7:33am Reply
  • AiryReed

    Sparks! Sparks! Sparks! Mind blowing and ecstasy!

    14 Aug 6:48am Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    Your comment says a lot more about your preference in music than it does anything about Sparks, heh. "against my understanding of harmony in music" is all you needed to say and that would've completely covered it, seeing as you apparently function under the notion that music must be harmonic to be good music. It's perfectly fine if (going off your listening habits for Immi) you wanted another I Megaphone and didn't get it, but it's been 16 years since I Megaphone, and you shouldn't have expected that to begin with. Sparks is an adventure worth living and growing through, and hopefully you'll come to see that sooner or later.

    14 Aug 1:55am Reply
  • ahenathon

    It had to happen. Sparks, the first lame work from Imogen. Such a shame. I was hoping that singles are fallouts of the creative process, but they are for real. It shocked me to the very depths of my music-loving heart. Good "Minds Without Fear" is above average. Mainly due to the Middle Eastern ingredients. And "The Beast" attained some good groove. "Lifeline" was killed by a grinding, shallow arrangement. But the worst is not even the discotheque-like candy-all-over "Run-Time" but two über-irritating songs. First is "Cycle Song". Can not find the words of my anger when I listening to that cacophony. The second is "Xizi She Knows". Child's samples are against my understanding of harmony in music. At the end we have the most generic thing she wrote. The idea was to be the mood. There is not. Well sums up the whole. This album is not a surprise to me, anyway. "Ellipse" was the announcement. Ended its fuel then and now she operates on fumes. I will be listen to this infrequently.

    13 Aug 9:30pm Reply
  • EllenWilson06

    Sparks is beautiful, can't wait until it drops August 19th!!

    13 Aug 6:57pm Reply
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