Imogen Heap’s long-awaited follow-up to 2005′s Speak For Yourself will be titled Ellipse and is due out in August. US entertainment website Access Hollywood broke the story before the notoriously hands-on artist herself, apparently because she forgot to tell the journalists at one of her intimate listening sessions to keep the album details under their hats. The few bits of information that have emerged seem pretty interesting. The album was written in Hawaii; Imogen decided on the destination using a fittingly modern method of spinning Google Earth around a few times and zooming in on where it stopped. A Google search for “Hawaii luxury accommodation grand piano” led her to “a place on the rainy side of Maui” where she, piano and laptop came up with the songs that make up Ellipse.
The “leak” isn’t massively informative about how Ellipse sounds. Album opener ‘First Train Home’ is described as “an upbeat track” that features “her interpretation of a train orchestra”, and was inspired by something so mundane as wanting to go home on a night out. The story behind ‘Canvas’, though, is far less ordinary; the song is said to have been inspired by “an extraordinary video of a man painting breathtaking landscapes on a black canvas with white paint.” ‘Earth’, meanwhile, finds Imogen taking on the perspective of the planet itself, “as a mother, scolding humanity.”
Read the full article here. Video blog containing snippets of four new songs posted below.
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