I first heard Imogen Heap almost 10 years ago on the TV show The O.C. when her track ‘Hide And Seek’ was arguably the best song on their enviable playlist. This show made a conscious effort to have the best in ‘alternative music’ - for me Imogen Heap was the best of them all.
On March 14 2011 she embarked on the production of her fourth studio album Heapsongs. The concept is that she will produce and release one track every two months, and she asked for ‘sound seeds’ to be sent in by fans, which were samples of everyday noises like “a dishwasher door opening” or “a burning match”. Each song has the working title of ‘Heapsong1′, ‘Heapsong2′, etc, and 18 months on from the start of this fascinating project we have been given ‘You Know Where To Find Me’ a.k.a. ‘Heapsong7′.
This has all the elements of an Imogen Heap song. The haunting vocal harmonies that sound like a synthesiser and the bizarre little ‘sound seeds’ bring about her unique sound. The video was shot at A Room For London, a houseboat sat atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank, where Imogen performed the tack live back in June.
The rest of the video is a montage of her playing pianos in various environments. When I first saw this YouTube video there was a relatively new comment saying that one of the pianos used was in his sister’s house in Edinburgh. This endeavor to include fans both in the sound production and also in the video production is a touch of class that makes this project all the more special.
It is hard to compare her style to another artist. Her commitment to making music that befits a genre she herself is innovating makes her position in the industry entirely unassailable. But for those of you who need to play the association game, I would go as far as saying – If you like Alt-J you will love Imogen Heap – and vice-versa.