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Editors’ Notes

For a work so heavily reliant upon synthesizers and other unnatural tones, Ellipse sounds surprisingly organic. This is mostly thanks to Imogen Heap’s delicately emotive voice, which she loops and processes into various forms ranging from the scat singing of “Earth” to the bubbly bounce of “Swoon” to the ethereal atmospherics of “Between Sheets” and “Half Life.” Her interesting song structures and the multiple layers of odd electronica give her tunes their rich textures, especially on such standouts as “First Train Home,” “Aha,” and “Canvas.” Not all of the songs on the album are so sonically dense; Heap also offers the relatively minimalist “2-1,” with its slow build and pleasant use of strings, as well as the spare piano instrumental “The Fire.” Ellipse is the third release from the former Frou Frou member and it’s a charming and intriguing patchwork of sounds. This deluxe version includes instrumental versions of each song.

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A Canvas of Creativity!!!

First of all, this is not a carbon copy of her last album "speak for yourself", and I am sure there will be some fans looking for another "Hide and Seek" and feeling disappointed. However, this album has so many layers within layers that it doesn't take long to realise that this was a true labour of love that has so much depth and variety, you can almost tell Imogen was really doing this album on her terms, in her way, and would not say it was finished till she was fully satisfied. On the other hand, it is also clear that from the deluxe editions showing her instrumental versions in full, as well as her VBlogs, and twitter page, and giving her fans chance to help with the album cover and biog etc, that she is clearly in touch with what people want, and this is her way of saying thank you. First train home starts the album with a pleasant detemined beat, close to her work with guy sigsworth in Frou Frou that slowly worms it' way into the subconcious. Wait it out is a gentle tune than has a catchy melody, whilst changing it's feel by use of different instuments (*) Earth picks up the album pace with an interesting energy, almost completely composed with use of Imogens vocals (*) Little Bird may split fans. This is different feel to anything she has done before, but personally I thnik is deep and interesting. Swoon ramps the pace up again, with some quirky lyrics and fun instument use. Tidal is epic. So layered, and a song that takes you on a journey so matter what mood you are feeling (*) Between sheets is beautiful. You almost sense that it was for a soundtrack to a film. 2-1 will knock your socks off with it' menacing beats and mood. Was originally written for Prince Caspian. SHOULD have been used! (*) Bad body double is funny. A genuinely good fun song where Imogen finds the line between funny and cheesy, and doesnt touch the latter. Aha... well what can be said! Its short but already picked up most of the fans positive opinions (*) The Fire is a nice distraction from the album wihich is now starting to wind down to the end. Canvas is another epic song that has a story to tell and a journey to take you on (*) Half life is a suitable closer which ends a brillant album on a melodic note. (*) personal favourites So in closing, this album is a soundtack for the ears, mind and body. No it isn't like her orevious work, yet it does retain familiarity that makes you feel like an old firend has returned. Welcome back Immy, we've missed you...

just BRILLIANT

felt in love since her first single 'first train home' the whole album is a masterpiece, immi is a genius!!! I didn't expect anything better than this.

Astonishing.

Imogen has spent a lot of time perfecting this record and this masterpiece really shows how it pays off. I'm in love with it already. The deluxe version with the instrumental versions is a fantastic idea! I'm imagining myself drunk now doing a Karaoke version of Little Bird...forgive me.

Biography

Born: 09 December 1977 in Essex, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As a rule, group efforts are normally launched before a solo career — not after a solo career is in full swing. First, the artist makes a name for himself/herself as part of a group, then the artist leaves the group to become a full-time solo performer. That's the standard procedure, but British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap took a different approach, having already established her solo credentials for several years before becoming half of the London-based duo Frou Frou. Although based in London,...
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Ellipse (Bonus Track Version), Imogen Heap
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Electronic
  • Released: 21 August 2009

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