Right then...I've begun the 3rd album (the follow-up to 'Speak For Yourself'). I'm going to write a more frequent blog as I did with the last one so you can keep an eye on me and make sure I'm not slacking! I wonder how it's gonna turn out? How exciting! You're very welcome to comment but please don't ask me questions on here or i'll never get any work done. You can email me with any questions you have and every month we'll pick 20 from the virtual 'hat' and post them. Send your questions to: igrill@imogenheap.com

Much much more to come! Love, fluv x i x Wheeeeee!!!


Click here and here to see 360s of my cosy studio in London where I wrote and recorded the last album "Speak for Yourself" xxx

Saturday, December 25, 2004

A whole heap a love....

Mini christmas kitchen scene
Originally uploaded by immi.

Hey you guys! Have a wicked christmas! I hope your 2005 is as good as I plan on mine being!!! I also plan on being two stone heavier at the end of this week...I am going to STUFF myself stupid. You gotta let a few belt holes go once in a while... I like most, also plan on going on a fitness craze come january...but this time I'm really gonna do it! Yeah right...Enough silly talk..

Thank you all sooooooo much for all your babblings, poems, love, jokes, questions, musings and impeccable taste in music! Your being here has meant so much to me. I really am gonna give you such a corker of an album to get your teeth into ASAP! my....I can hardly wait. This year has been a year of me mostly in a room with me trusty...well mostly, compuwder 24/7...not that i'm complaining coz I strangely love to do that but I plan OUT and ABOUT like never before next year to make up for it. I'm gonna try my damnedest to get to every one you somehow! If only I could borrow Santa's reindeer...he does the world in one night...hmmm...i'll get my manager on that. I have to eat, drink and be merry. Catch up with old friends and family, do lots of hugging, laughing, dancing, partying and LIVING and perhaps even a few moments of carol singing...Crackers, TURKEY, candles, wine wine why not...oh yay...Gotta go snuggle. Love to you!!! MWAH MWAH! Really wishing you all the most amazing year to come. I for the first time and taking some of my own advice and doing exactly what the hell I like this time round. I'm going where the happy is. ugh...bordering on cheezy...quick get a hold of yourself heap...More love...all the good stuff...this is OUR YEAR! You heard it here first...or not..anyway...really gotta go now...BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE....jingle jingle, flop.



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Saturday, December 11, 2004


Originally uploaded by immi.

This is it. The cream from the last year in the studio. The frothy bit, the haiku, the winning formula, the stuff that stuck, this it what it boiled down to. I made it! I made it though to the other side, smiling. I had no idea what I was going to make before I started. It just all came out. I love it i love it i love it. I could have gone on and done more to it but there has to be closure, sometime. A quote Guy said to me once..."an artist's work is never done, it's merely abandoned"....ahh yes...i like...don't know who said it originally though.

So...12 songs. the order has slightly changed. we have

Goodnight and Go
Have you got it in you?
Loose Ends
Hide and Seek
Clear the Area
Daylight Robbery
The walk
Just for Now
I am in love with you
Closing In
The Moment I said it

From vocoder acapella to electro pop, lyrical piano to glitch, angular bit crushed guitars to wide-screen orchestral score. Whopppeeee...what a journey it's been. It's like a compilation of all the records I should've made by now. Almost schizophrenic. If there was one thing I wanted it to be, it was everything. Not just one space but many places. My album after this is probably going to be an improvised hour of piano and vocal if just for balance!

In mastering it was quite a tricky decision we had to make. Most records these days are mastered (basically the process of placing all the final mixes into order, adding, subtracting frequencies and compression to the whole to make it sit as one body of work) very LOUD. This means though that to play the loud game all the time in a song the quite bits sounds good and upfront but the dynamic in usually the chorus (the loudest bit) gets lost and loses impact. We tried to go down the LOUD route and then I got all fidgety because what I love about this record is it's dynamic. So we went back and started again. This time being true to the original. Which means that some songs may sound quiet compared to the last but as a song in it's own right it wins. It lives to it's full potential. I learned a lot these last few days in mastering it. I hope i did the right thing! I did my own thing. So far that's served me well. It got very tense though! Thank goodness I was with a guy who was willing to spend an extra day or two so I was happy. COOOOL...and did i mention he has a round studio...good Chi!?

It is strange to look at it and know that squashed inside is that rollercoaster of a ride I'm still dizzy from. I'm almost at a loss now. Need to find another rhythm. Perhaps the shopping rhythm or maybe i should be a good girl and attack the get fit rhythm! Maybe after christmas...Walking for 5 hours across Dartmoor with an intensely enthusiastic dog a couple of days back certainly tightened up a few forgotten muscles...actually their still pretty tight...so tight it's tricky to get out of bed in a hurry. It was a good way to start off my new year! Thank you everyone by the way for my Birthday wishes! Even poems...really lovely..cheers!

I was just so excited on the train coming home. Just had to let you guys hear one of them at least! Goodnight and Go seemed like a good idea for loads of reasons...1, coz it was in the OC on the 9th, 2 coz it was one of those melodies that came out of nowhere, 3. coz it took me months to get the verses right 4, coz Jeff's on it! 5...coz it f'in great mate. So happy to hear some of your reactions on the iblog.

I still don't have a title for the album. When i was first starting up on this one, gathering ideas, the folder i put them all into was called "Speak for Yourself"...not sure though. Maybe it's too like i megaphone? I'm sure it'll come to me....eek.

Made a spag bol last night. Sooo good to eat a home cooked meal. Had many a microwave meal the lat year. Of course the first thing i had when i got back into London was okonomiyaki! how could i resist? My lovely man took me there. mm mmm.

So now...who to do? where to go? Artwork, live, radio, video...friends if i still have any! Party? Buy records! Make christmas cards, but pressies...Go to gigs...travel!!! OH OH ...gotta get dressed and get out there! Love to you all....thank you soooooo much for hanging in there. More soon. Go see Garden State you UK peeps, out yesterday...it's a great film!


heap out xx

oh oh...note to myself...must answer iGrill questions!!!


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