by Jacob Alvarado
At the mention of Alternative music, people usually think headbanger Rock mixed with Pop. This is far from the case when it comes to Imogen Heap. Like New Age artist Enya, Heap does all her own instrumentation and vocals. She uses many different techniques to fit her voice to the various natures of her songs. Her style of music and the way she orchestrates her songs allow them to enter your mind and embrace every nook and cranny of your being.
Some of the songs on Ellipse tell a story. For example, “First Train Home” depicts her struggle to reach the platform before the train departs. “Wait It Out” tells of a failing relationship and how she try’s to fix it by waiting it out. On another note, some songs show her darker side. In “Little Bird,” she faces all the gossip about her she hears from that infamous little bird. “Bad Body Double” is the story of a girl trying to pose as Imogen herself but, as we listen, we discover she is singing about her alter-ego. The upbeat song “AHA!” describes encountering people’s faults, such as lies and people not being themselves, while “Canvas” paints a picture of the world around her and how it affects her life.
All in all, Ellipse sends one on a journey through Imogen’s world and on the roller-coaster of her mind. If you have liked any of her other albums, you will certainly not be disappointed. Her hypnotizing voice and haunting melodies blend for a truly wonderful sound.
Everything In-Between: The Story of Ellipse, Imogen Heap’s first DVD, is being released August 3rd and is available for preorder now.