Imogen Heap to Release "Sparks" in August
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:54:58
Sparks are gonna fly when Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap releases her fourth solo album Sparks on August 19 through RCA Records.
Here's the background details, they are important.
Sparks has been on a well-traveled journey, one which Heap began at 6am 14 March 2011, with a live stream from her home studio in a small village on the outskirts of London, gathering 'sound seeds' from fans and weaving them together to form the first song ("Lifeline"). Fast forward, four continents later, a dozen related projects and 14 tracks, the album cover artwork was then completed by those who pre-ordered the limited edition, super deluxe box set by sending in their footprints! The stunning piece of artwork and packaging, designed and developed over the past three years by Imogen and her creative team with CSV (the company behind Radiohead's special packaging) it is the very first time that Imogen has released such a super deluxe package. An interactive album cover featuring the footprints of fans worldwide premiered on The Creators Project, a partnership between Intel and VICE.
Says Heap, "The album began with someone sending in the sound of striking a match for what became 'Lifeline' in March 2011. I then dived into the most immense, intense creative two-and-a-half years of my life that took me all over the planet, collaborating on so many projects with so many people and often totally spontaneously. The album is then in some ways for me grounded with fans' footprints bringing the finishing touch for the album art, as so many of them came along for the ride."
Sparks will be available in four formats - a standard edition, a double-disc edition with instrumental versions of all tracks, 12 inch vinyl and the super deluxe; super deluxe packaging will contain 12 individual data discs, 14 HD music videos, plus videos documenting the making of each song and the entire album, a double 10" vinyl album, a special deck of playing cards which unlock exclusive web content and a 120 page coffee-table-style book telling the story of Sparks along with the special ticket of blended items that allows access to sound-checks on the next tour.
Whew. Sparks is much more than an album.
01. You Know Where to Find Me
03. The Listening Chair
04. Cycle Song
07. Neglected Space
08. Minds Without Fear
09. Me The Machine
11. Climb to Sakteng
12. The Beast
13. Xizi She Knows
14. Propeller Seeds
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