By Imogen Heap
Possible contender for the most innovative songs of the year, Imogen Heap's first single off her new album "Speak for Yourself" is possibly known among many hip, cool and trendy teens as the background music to the last episode of The OC.
The song itself, entirely created using Imogen's impressive vocal range through vocoder effect, is an incredibly compelling and personal song. The soft tone mixed with the layered vocals over lyrics such as "The sweeping insensitivity of this still life" gives a real sombre and nostalgic feel to the track somehow. The use of only vocals to make up the track's composition does not take away any of the dynamics of the song. Hide and Seek is a real roller coaster, building to a climax, before breaking down to almost a whisper. An example to this is the outro - where the two vocal parts of "Hide and Seek" and "You don't care a bit" really adds to the ambient solemn feel of the song which will stay with you for a long time after listening to it.
The B-side is also well worth a listen. A lot better than the average B-side used by most bands, it again shows Imogen to be of incredible talent and to possess a hugely original sound. I have no doubt we will be hearing a lot more of Imogen Heap in the coming months.